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One mainstay of Romanian tradition is the pig sacrifice that takes place a few days before Christmas each year.  Fortunately, however small my network of Romanian friends is they always want to make sure that I don’t miss out on any important national holidays.  Such was the case this past December when two Romanian families […]

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Since the Thursday immediately after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs award ceremony was Ziua Nationala (National Day), a major holiday here in Romania, school was closed and thus I was off work.  And being that I only had two classes scheduled for that Friday the gods of coincidence were clearly encouraging me to take a […]

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There is no question that the holidays can be a lonely time for any Peace Corps volunteer.  Holidays are, after all, a time that is traditionally supposed to be spent with family and friends; perhaps the one time every year that people get to truly relax with those they care about.  During this past Christmas […]

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On November 30th of this year, I was invited as a member of Peace Corps Romania’s Volunteer Advisory Committee to join Peace Corps Staff and the United States Ambassador for Romania to an award ceremony at the Romanian Ministerul Afacerilor Externe (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).  More on this in a minute, but first a little […]

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In an effort to bridge the gap between providing continued language learning opportunities for Volunteers and actually paying for them with our limited budget, the staff at Peace Corps Romania came up with the idea for Volunteer sponsored “Language Weekends”.  The idea is that Volunteers from within a given region could descend upon one Volunteer’s […]

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After a few solid weeks of hard work in the classroom, several Volunteers decided to gather for some R&R and to celebrate a colleague’s birthday.  One of our Volunteers that lives in a small town outside of Timișoara gave us her pitch for why we should all come to her site.  Despite the twelve-hour travel […]

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One day in early November I heard about a tree planting that was to take place near my village, next to the Lukoil facility.  The planting was sponsored by the Romanian organization of MaiMultVerde, which translates to More Green.  The non-profit focuses on green initiatives that include clean up projects, tree planting and ecological education.  […]

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