Day 99: Casa mea

Day 99 is dedicated to my house here in Moldova. I have lived with two different host families during my time in Peace Corps; one for 3 months, the other since August 2016. The photos attached to this post are of the house I live in currently (post about my respective host families to follow).

Houses in Moldova are similar in certain respects: every house will have a fence/gate around it, there will be a garden on the property somewhere that will include vegetables/fruits/flowers/etc., there will be a cellar (beci) where the wine and canned foods are kept, and the inside of the house is generally well-taken care of in terms of cleanliness. Everyone that enters the house is expected to remove their shoes at the front door so as not to track dirt/snow/mud through the house, dirtying up the various rugs decorating the floors.

My house backs up to a farm so we have a lot of animals: dogs, cats, pigs, a cow, chickens (no geese, thank God). One of the cats that I often sneak into my room to cuddle is currently pregnant with kittens so I am sure that there will be a future post about those new additions! During the day, my host parents work around the house and/or on the land around the house, especially during planting and harvesting season.

My house is one of the most colorful on the street and I love it for that. Many newer Moldovan homes are more muted colors on the outside, but I am partial to my beachy blue house in the Moldovan countryside.

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Front of my house in Șoldănești

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Other half of my house. The window before the porch/door is the window for my room.

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From the porch on the front of the house. I like to sit here and read when it is pretty outside. We also often have masas (meals) in the gazebo pictured when the weather is nice.

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The garden at the front of our house. It includes a lot of different flowers, apple trees, cherry trees, and other types of vegetable plants.

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