A list of things to do
Visit another country// I went to Czech Republic in December and Italy in March!
Visit another city in Moldova (that is not on your list)// Clișova Noua was not on my list, but it was lovely! Take a photo of a young child// My BFF, Iana! Experience a local holiday// I think I've been to a masa for just about every single one by now! Take a photo of you and your new family// Only the greatest family EVER. Learn to ask for toilet paper in your new language Go to the grocery store Go to a local fair or market// This is my favorite man's booth at the art piața - when I was there the other day, I told him how much my family liked the dolls I got them, and he remembered me and told me to come back again soon for more!
Go to a local museum Go to a church service// I've been to a Catholic service and an Orthodox one, so I've been confused for only half! Give directions in a new language// Got to show off my direction-ing skills to the mayor the other day when trying to get to Peace Corps office (which is hard by car, guys - do you know how many one ways there are??).
- Take the train
Take a local transportation route// Only any day I travel. It's love-hate with the rutiera, let me tell you. Go to a local restaurant// So, Andy's Pizza?
- See the world from a new angle
- Hear a story from an old man/woman
- Learn Moldova's history
- Fear something but do it anyway
Do a community service event// We painted a playground or two!
- Take a photo of what it means to live in Moldova
Ride in the car with a local
- Buy something from the pharmacy
- Find a local version of a dollar store - what is it called?
Post on a blog// Knocking this one outta the park. Buy a stamp// The number of stamps I bought before actually learning the word for stamp is really astonishing. Notice how children dress// Black&Tuna, Black&Tuna, Black&Tuna! Also a LOT of stripes.
- Give food to a poor person
Buy something from a street vendor Eat something new// Can we say... Racituri? Go to a cultural event Buy a local piece of jewelry Experience going to the doctor (hopefully you won't be sick!)// I go to the PC doctor, does that count? Check a book out from the library// I have The Great Gatsby in Romanian taunting me because I haven't opened it.. In Romanian it's, Marele Gatsby.
- Have a pair of shoes that you wear out but don't want to get rid of because they've been everywhere
Drink local tap water// Anna, you know I'm not supposed to do that! But I have maybe once or twice.
- What does it mean to be American? From the eyes of Moldovans?
- Learn what types of people to stay away from
See a new store open or an old one close Walk the streets Drink a local alcoholic beverage// Homemade wine and liquor count? Know who is in office
- Read some of Mihai Eminescu's poetry
- Listen to Radio Basarabia
- Watch a Moldovan game show
Watch a movie in the theater// Thank goodness, because what would I have done if I couldn't see Furious 7 on the big screen? The Romanian subtitles only enhanced it. Listen to a new song that is popular// Thanks to living with teenagers over the summer. Watch tranta
- Learn about the political parties there // I know what all their logos are.....
Learn some Russian or Ukrainian language Visit a Moldovan university Learn a folk dance Learn a local saying// I didn't learn this one myself (and I don't know it in Romanian), but I appreciate being told about "We're not going to baptize our children together," for when you're close but not too close. One I actually learned is "the sun has teeth" for when it's freezing out but the sun is still shining. Watch a commercial Help your host family cook// My undiscovered skill is rolling блинчики. Take a photo of where you are living// My backyard is one of my favorite views in the village. Teach someone some English// I have two English classes/clubs! Fly back home Watch a sunset and sunrise Stay out really late one night
- Whatever you do, don't jump off a bridge! // So far, so good!
Talk to someone in another language on the phone// I've done this in Romanian AND Russian, despite not speaking the latter.
- If there is a McDonald's, try something they offer special for Moldova
Thanks for the list, Anna!