Well, that went by quickly.
Arrived in Moldova, started work. Flew home two weeks later. Picked up Claudia and kids. Drove across Bavaria, Austria, Hungary, and Romania to Moldova. That was... about a month ago.
-- The drive? Not too bad, considering. We bought one of those pod things that go on top of the car. The boys watched a lot of videos. Stayed the first night outside of Budapest (Hungary) the second outside of Brasov (Romania). Leah threw an utter shrieking tantrum for an hour or so on the morning of Day Three: enough! of this driving! I want OUT!! -- but we got through it.
We found a house. It's fifteen minutes walk from work, in a quiet residential neighborhood. It looks kind of like a castle and has a huge attic and a yard. The boys like it, which is good.
Claudia is home schooling the boys, which is hard, especially since we don't have a baby sitter just now. It's all kids, all day long for her. We're hoping to get some help in next month. Meanwhile, she's going at it with the two older boys: spelling, writing, math, you name it.
I'm running the project. We're doing stuff. We got a law passed last week. By "we" I mean here my predecessor and our component manager, who worked on it for the last fifteen months; I had very little to do with it. Still: law on protecting investors! Being a minority shareholder in Moldova is no longer a very very bad idea. (Whether it's yet a good idea remains to be seen.) Oh, and we got audited, and passed. Again, not much to do with me, but hey.
More seriously, we're trying to sprint for the finish line. The project will end sometime in October, so that's just six months away. Lots to do.
And then today we took our first trip outside of Chisinau. We went to Orheiul Vecchei (or-HAY-ul VEK-ay), which is sort of like a miniature Grand Canyon carved by a Mississippi oxbow. Seriously: you have a river that flows through two hairpin curves back to back, making a long flat S-curve, while eroding down through a couple of hundred feet of soft limestone. So there are some pretty impressive cliffs, and then in between the hairpins are two parallel ridges -- penninsulas pointing in opposite directions, yeah? These have eroded down some, so they're not as high as the cliffs around them, but they're still quite something; long narrow spits of land with cliffs dropping down to the water. It's a natural defensive spot, so -- unsurprisingly -- there are archeological finds going back to the Neolithic. Monastery, castle, the Golden Horde had a small palace up there for a while at one point. These days there's a small village and a church. It's pretty neat.
Anyway: it was a nice drive. The road was pretty dire, but so what -- we're in Moldova. Warm spring weather, after a week of rain.
That was a long hiatus! Do I still want to blog? Let's see.