Some general observations about Moldova:
It is the poorest country in Europe.
The biggest economic drivers are agriculture and remittances from the large segment of the population that has gone abroad to find work. The latter, combined with rather large organized crime networks, leaves the door wide open to human trafficking.
Many of the blogs, videos and general musing from Moldovans seem to be tinged with a dark sense of humor and an ability to see reality flat-on. I totally appreciate that. The country has its struggles, many of them profound, but people don’t want to be totally defined by the tough stuff. And they shouldn’t be.
It seems…quiet. It’s amazing what the world is like when there aren’t cars everywhere…
(We’ll talk about Transdneister tomorrow)