Lifted straight from the Wikipedia website, I quote, “In the Middle Ages, most of the present territory of Moldova was part of the Principality of Moldavia. In 1812, it was annexed by the Russian Empire, and became known as Bessarabia. Between 1856 and 1878, one of the eight counties was returned to Moldavia, which in 1859 united with Wallachia to form modern Romania. Upon the dissolution of the Russian Empire in 1917, an autonomous, then independent Moldavian Democratic Republic was formed, which joined Romania in 1918. In 1940, Bessarabia was occupied by the Soviet Union and was split between the Ukrainian SSR and the newly-created Moldavian SSR. After changing hands in 1941 and 1944 during World War II, the country became again part of the Soviet Union until its declaration of independence on August 27, 1991. Moldova was admitted to the UN in March 1992. In September 1990, a breakaway government was formed in Transnistria, a strip of Moldavian SSR on the left bank of the river Dniester, and after a brief war in 1992 became de facto independent, although no UN member has recognized its independence.” Wow, that is one of the best, concise recounts of the history of Moldova. Just thought that I would post this for general reference.
Picking up where I left off. . . .
What starts out as idol playground conversation amongst Moms (”Nice to meet you.” “Where did you just move from?” “Where are you going next?”) turns into a show stopping conversation hog. Everyone in the group turns to look at me question me about the odd information I have just released,
“We will only live here for a year.” I say.
“Oh, where will you live next?”
“Moldova.” It has become so fun to see and hear people’s different reactions to the answer that I leave out all explantion just to see what the response is.
So, I spend a year preparing for a place I will live two years. And at the end of our time in Moldova my daughter will have lived 6 out of her 8 years abroad.
-more tomorrow. . . . . .