Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
There's a cute little French bakery two blocks away from the walking street called Profiteroles. We went in there looking for wifi, since we were having problems with it at our apartment. While there, we enjoyed chicken quiche for breakfast. I also had a cappucino. The cup next to the quiche is full of sour cream. It was pretty good.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Evidently, October 5th is Teacher Appreciation Day in Moldova. What this means, in practice, is that students bring gifts to their teachers on that day. If they don't, there's the possibility their grades may be negatively affected. Anna, one of my temari students, gave me a gift of candy on the seventh, the day of our temari class. Since I don't grade, I'm sure it was sincere! Thank you very much, Anna!
The candy is by the local manufacturer Bucaria. They make some very good candy and need to start exporting some.
Transnistria (an unrecognized autonomous area within Moldova) has a pretty big textile industry. One thing they do is make home goods for stores such as Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. If you go to their factory outlet, it's much much less expensive than buying in the US. We went while we were on an embassy trip on Columbus day. Part of what we bought was this circular bamboo-print tablecloth, a pair of hot pads, and a pair of chair pads that we are going to use as trivets. All of this, at top quality (they don't sell seconds), came to about $20. Not bad at all.