This will be the greeting for everyone night or day on the streets, in homes, or on the phone for the next 40 days.
Following about 3 hours sleep, I woke to the final preparations of Easter Masa that my host mother had been preparing for the last week without being able to sample or taste anything. Nonetheless, all was delicious! Domnul Valodya served vodka at our Easter breakfast and Domna made everything from Pasca (easter bread that is semi sweet) to pork, fish, chicken filets, salads (and one special for me with lettuce - Yum!) vegetables, and lots more on a little table. We had a delightful celebration just the three of us.
|Domnul and Doamna la masa - Easter Breakfast.|
The whole day was wonderful!
After breakfast in Ialoveni, I was invited to masa with my host family from the summer in Truseni. So, feeling a little buzzed from the vodka and only 3 hours of sleep, I hoofed it up my ginormous hill to the bus stop and was whisked off to Chisinau. Unfortunately, transport to the outer villages was lacking because of the National holiday. I waited over an hour for a maxi-taxi to Truseni. When none came, I started walking. It took me a couple of hours and the day was very hot, but I made it to Truseni around 3:30 pm and we had another lovely meal. This time with Bunica, Mariana, Gelu and their other guests, Doamna Elena, her sons Christi and Eduard and Eduard's wife Valentina.
I got back to Ialoveni, breathed a heavy sigh of relief and thought, "Now for a little rest and to catch up on my sleep..." No sooner was I settled in my PJs then the phone rang and my friend Andrei said, "Mr. Tim, Hristos a înviat. Hai la masa. Come to dinner" in 5 minutes. So, off I went to a third meal and I was sooo glad I did. The friends I've met and made in Ialoveni are worth their weight in gold. They are the best.
We had a barbecue of pork, mushrooms, salad with beer and great (and I do mean GREAT) house wine to wash it down. Amazing conversations, fun, laughter and I got to meet the wonderful maker of the house wine, a friend of the family and father of one of my students. We had such a great conversation that I barely realized it was after midnight and definitely time to head home.
Walked with my buddy Vadim Saracuta to the house and shared yet another intense conversation completely in Romanian - because Vadim pretends not to know English so he can help me practice - until close to 1am.
What an amazing and full Easter day!
Mulțumesc frumos to everyone who made me feel so welcome and loved. No one can say that Moldova doesn't have soul! Cu adevărat a înviat!