Welcome to Moldova!Monday, September 26, 2011 - part 1
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"Passports ready?" Victoria asks as we get on the bus. We're crossing the border into Moldova today, changing country and currency like we used to in Europe. It's an hour plus to the border, and we enjoy our last glimpses of Romania through the bus window.
The farmers, too, are getting an early start, clearing the fields of cornstalks.
We admire the colorful houses with tin covered entries
or elaborate shiny well roofs.
Our border crossing takes a while, one procedure to exit Romania, another to enter Moldova. This republic got rid of their communist leaders just two years ago.
By the time we get to the outskirts of Chisinau, Moldova's capital, it's lunchtime, and Victoria has chosen such a picturesque spot to introduce us to her country - Roata Vremii, The Wheel of Time.
It's not just a restaurant, it's also a museum of old Moldovan country life, with a typical common room, spinning wheel in one corner, cozy fireplace in another. The children would sleep on the platform above the fireplace and the parents off to the side.
Down in the cellar the shelves groan with home-canned fruits and vegetables,
ham, peppers, and garlic aplenty hanging from the rafters.
We've been hearing about "famous Moldovan chicken soup" and here's our first taste, out in the garden. Yes, it's delicious on this crisp fall day!