Last few days in Moldova...
Saying goodbye to Moldova was awfully hard. It consisted of cutting through the roll of red tape that is close of service (peace corps style), stopping by twenty people’s houses to say goodbye consistently thinking of who I have forgotten to say goodbye to and preparing food for my going away party. My last night was a very special night in which ten of my closest friends/neighbors came over and we sat around and talked way too late for how much I had to do the next day.
The owner of the gym I worked out at for two years:
Masha, my partner at the hospice. A great lady.
Natasha, probably talked to her more than anyone over the last two years:
I didn’t realize just how much I had ingratiated myself into a few relationships in my community until I was sitting around a table the following morning minutes before I left with the majority of those present crying and/or speechless. It was one of the most emotionally powerful moments of my time in Moldova. We raised our glasses of champagne to safe travels and said our “goodbyes” not our “farewell forevers”. After sitting around in an awkward silence for 5 minutes I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. Gathering my things half of us crammed into a car and soon after I was waiting on the usual hitchhiking corner for my last ride to the capital. It was a long, somber ride with undoubtedly the slowest rutiera driver in all of Moldova—most have a cruising speed of way too fast for the condition the roads are in.
Hanging out at a winery saying goodbye to folk. Thanks to Daniela for arranging it:
Last supper with Ryne and Katya:
The last little bit of time in Moldova felt crazy. The hectic manner prevents you from actually letting the goodbyes sink in or realizing that the see you soons exchanged between Peace Corps volunteers are mostly going to be light on the ‘soon’. The moment really still hasn’t hit me that I have left Moldova for good. I left the same day as two of my good friends Vince and Cailin and we had a small little entourage accompany us to the airport until our flights left at six in the morning. Needless to say, I didn’t get a wink of sleep that night. Nor did I get any on the flight which I assumed I would, of course the contorted position that the airlines ask of me never works out in my sleeping favor.
That would be me with her:
Sitting on the tarmac at the Chisinau airport was a mixture of exhaustion, excitement for the ensuing vacation (Trans-Mongolian Railway if you didn’t get that yet) as well as excitement for the next step in life (mostly likely teaching English in Kiev). More than anything though I could not help but think that this was not goodbye forever to Moldova this was merely a see you soon, maybe slightly prolonged but soon nonetheless.
Thank you Moldova for a great last two years.