Welcome to the wonderful world of Moldova. This place is insane!
I have only been here a few days, but it is already insane! I have entered into a new world of crazy and
it’s filled with Russian speakers. People
actually speak Russian here more than Romanian so that should be fun.
The trip down was intense. Fourteen hours to Bucuresti, spent the day
there and left for Chisinau that night. It
was another fourteen hour train ride, but this time we had to pass through
customs. About 400 people came to the
door of our sleeper and asked us for our info - "Why are you here? Who are you? What’s your purpose? Where are you coming from?" They interrogated us hard! Elder Daland told me that we got through easy
that time! I barely got any sleep since
most of this occurred at 3:00 a.m.
Elder Daland is from Southern California. He’s just one transfer behind me and we
actually met in the MTC. He plays water-polo
and has been in Moldova for 8 months! Haha
– It’s a crazy place to spend that much time!
Our apartment is nice but could use a few improvements. I’ve already started to fix a few things and
clean and even got a little crazy and tested out the ol' fire extinguisher! Haha - those things are messy . . . It’s not nearly
as nice as my last place, but will work out great.
I seriously feel like I’m in Russia! It’s a little bit colder. People are a lot bigger and they all
speak Russian. We have two branches here,
one Romanian and the other Russian. The Russian
speaking elders here are pretty nuts too! One of them is actually from Russia. His name is Elder Streleski and he is huge! He we was raised in a small city were they
have military forces and is a Russian tank driver and also boxes for fun. Pretty intimidating, huh? I don’t have a picture with him, but once I
get the courage to ask . . . I’ll send one.
The members are cool too! Tons of
young people which is different. I’m not
used to that at all and it’s weird. I
have already been asked to teach priesthood next week.
The Romanian accent here is incredibly different. I can barely understand people at all. It sounds so dirty and messy and is gonna
take a while to get adjusted. But after
saying a prayer at an activity, someone commented to another person "hey, could
you here his Russian accent?" That
was pretty surprising to hear.
Long email, but one last thing for fun. They sell milk in bags instead of
cartons; like bags of chips! This will