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Welcome to Moldova- the
country where the East meets the West.
Bordered on the North-East
side with Ukraine and on the West side with Romania, Moldova is a perfect place
to see how a post-soviet country develops and transforms. Most of its territory lies
between the area’s two main rivers, the Dniester and the Prut. The
Prut River forms Moldova’s entire western boundary with Romania.
Starting from WWII,
Moldova was part of the Soviet Union for five decades. During this time the
country developed the reputation of 'the Garden of the Soviet Union'. It is no
wonder why nowadays Moldova is still renowned for its vegetables, fruit and especially
wine. Due to its outstanding quality of
soil, in Moldova every peasant has his own garden, orchard and a barrel of
home-made wine. Because everything is growing on our soil!
Another point of interest
would be the culinary diversity which you can discover in Moldova. Here you
have the possibility to taste the most wonderful traditional Romanian foods
like Placinta, Zeama, Mamaliga,
but also the known Russian foods like Soleanka, Pelmeni, Bliny.
The life of people in
Moldova differs from town to village. In the capital city Chisinau the life
differs from the life of the peasant somewhere in the north or south of the
country. The village life has another rhythm, another sound and another taste.
Villages of Moldova are one of the most beautiful places to visit in order to
understand what Moldova is about. Peasants houses are painted in powder -blue or
green with traditional white elements on the corners. Here you will find the
old wells from where the people get their drinking water. You will see that
these wells are some kind of meeting point where people stop to drink fresh
water and have a chat with the neighbor or friend.
Also, when walking down the
village in Moldova, on a Saturday morning, you might see the old grandmothers
baking bread and placintas in outdoor clay ovens. These clay ovens are slowly
disappearing now due to the technological
evolution. But the bread and the placintas baked in these ovens have a
particular amazing taste. That's why it is a must to try a piece of freshly
baked bread from the clay oven.
Cows, horses, goats, sheep,
ducks, chickens, cats and dogs you can
see in each village whether on the main street, in front of someones house, or
on the field nearby the village. That is how the people here get their meat,
milk, cheese, butter and eggs. You should try the traditional Moldovan snack:
couple of tomatoes freshly picked from the garden, 2-3 scallions, a bit of
salty goat cheese and home made bacon! This is what each peasant in a Moldovan
village will have on the table when unexpected guests will arrive. And of
course a glass of home made wine!
People of Moldova are of
mixed nations: Romanians, Russians, Ukrainians, Romani, Gagauzians, Bulgarians.
They all have brought their input into the Moldovan modern culture. Till today
, the second most spoken language in Moldova, after Romanian is the Russian
language. Even nowadays there are Russian / Ukrainian villages where most of the people speak Russian/ Ukrainian, and over the hill there
is the neighbor village where just Romanian language is spoken. Some 93% of the
Moldovan population identifies as christian orthodox, that's why typical
orthodox churches you may see in every village. Another curios thing about
Moldova is that since the independence in 1991, we started celebrating the
christian holidays according to both Calendars: the Gregorian (as western
Europe does) and the Julian Calendar (as Russia does). This means, the
Moldovans celebrate Christmas on the 25.12 as well as on the 7.1. We love
holidays and enjoy celebrating them!