Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Ungheni and Chisinau, Moldova
I only spent 4 days in Moldova on this trip, but I will be returning in June. We support a project, called Fundatia Muncii, training youth in various skillsets/trades to find employment in a company, or to start their own businesses. Moldova is traditionally an agricultural country (including a long and noted history in viticulture - wine making), so the youth are often not really well-trained for other types of labor. There is also a large exodus of young people to Russia, Romania, and other countries, because the Moldovan economy is just so terrible. In terms of GDP, it's the poorest in Europe (average monthly salary is around €150/month). There are poorer people on the planet, of course, but this is on the modern, European continent!
Well, that's it for an update. I will be tasting more of the respectable wines on my next visit to the world's largest underground wine cellar, Milestii Mici!
Here are the rest of the photos!
*I didn't take our nice DSLR camera because I didn't want to lose it, so please bear with the less than perfect quality. ;)