“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark
Yesterday for breakfast I had these delicious perogie-like tidbits. Colțunași (colt-soo-nah-she*) are delicious little scraps of pasta wrapped around (in this case) tasty seasoned meat filling. I usually see them served with sour cream. (See that coffee? I’m so lucky to get that, in this country full of tea-drinkers!)
You know you’re in the Peace Corps when you hear:
PCT 1: “You ate sheep!?”
PCT 2: ” What? I thought it was goat!”
Okay, this is absolutely NOT a traditional Moldovan food, but it is food, and I ate it in Moldova, so… poftim!
(Poftim means something like “here ya go!” Approximately. ) In case it isn’t clear from the picture, this is a chocolate base with bananas and grated coconut. There may have been some kind of nut paste involved as well. Yum!
(Also, I know it’s Saturday already. Oh well.)
La Revedere (Lah Rev-ed-air-ay) means goodbye. Sadly, I had to say goodbye this week to one of the English Education trainees who had become a close friend. For reasons beyond her control, she had to return to the States unexpectedly. Because PST is so intense, the trainees tend to become extremely close, so it’s really difficult to say goodbye. La revedere, my friend, we miss you already!
Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
– Mary Oliver