Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ethnographic Museum - History, Science, Nature and Art, Moldova Exchange Day 6, WTRD 22

Today is a relaxed day, where our only group activities are a visit to the National Ethnographic Museum and lunch.  The rest of the day is free for us to do as we wish.  For us, we decided to just go home and rest after lunch.  Others chose to shop and do more exploring.  I'm guessing a bit at this because after lunch we really weren't around.

Before our formal day began, Marianna and Catalina took us to the Tucano Coffee Shop for breakfast and to meet her parents.  They have invited us to come to their home this evening for dinner.  Catalina was charged with translating for us as her grandparents speak no English.  She giggled and was a bit shy about being the interpreter, but she did a fine job.

We met at the museum at 10:00 am.  Chris, an American Peace Corp volunteer who is also a history and museum buff, gave us a guided tour of the museum.
Arabic Influence

Chris our Peace Corp Guide from Cincinnati, Ohio

Our exchange director George, placed a flag on the International Map.  Turns out that we are not the first visitors from California, but we are the first from Sacramento.  So we are definitely making our mark in Chisinau.  George had the opportunity to watch some of the interviews on the morning TV.  We will be sent links to the production so that we can all enjoy them.

The exhibits in this museum were beautifully displayed and melded science, nature, and history on the artistic background of well painted murals.

Tree of living history in the entry hall way.

Diorama of traditional wedding.

Natural History, Fossils. and bones.  This mastodon was discovered by children playing in the dirt.

Molds of shells and fossils embedded in the wall plaster as art.

Linda and Kathy looking at the exhibits.

The taxidermy of the Moldovan animals existing, endangered, and now extent was very well

Murals of the four types of natural diversity.

There was room with a continuous mural depicting nature before man, with man, and because of man including the end of Earth as we know it.

The End of the Earth


Upstairs Photography Exhibit

Artifacts of traditional rural life in Moldova.

Later in the day the clan gathered at Marianna's family home with brother, sister-in-law, cousins, and parents.
Tomorrow is the first day of school for children and college students.  It is a national celebration.

All is Well With Worrall Travel R's in Chisinau, Moldova on the Eve of Back to School

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Filmed on Moldova TV for the Morning Show, Moldova Exchange Day 5, WTRD 21, Aug 30,2016

On our way to  City Hall, we see citizen sweeping up the street 

After yesterday's marathon of activity and many miles on a bus, today has been physically more relaxing, but perhaps mentally  more challenging.  Our first stop this morning was Chisinau City Hall, where we had the opportunity to meet Mayor Dorian Kirtoaca.  His office is a little more formal than the village mayor we met yesterday.

We waited for nearly 40 minutes for the mayor in this lovely circular conference room.  He apologized when he arrived and told us his father was not well and he had to take care of a few things.  Unfortunately for us, the remaining time allotted for this meeting was shortened

Somebody looks good sitting in an important position.

 Our esteemed leader George presents Chisinau's esteemed leader a King's shirt.

Mayor Kirtoaca spent most of his time explaining the past history of Moldova and three generations of his family, being deposed of their farm land by the Soviets, being rebellious, and all serving time in Siberia, and his high regard for the USA, despite the diplomatic faux pas of our Ambassador yesterday in a comment.  I am not exactly sure what the "flap" is about so will refrain from discussing here.  The mayor seemed knowledgable and articulate, but it wasn't toward the end of our time that we got to ask some questions where we tried to direct his comments toward the present and the future.  He spoke about his hopes and aspirations for Chisinau, turning it into a green city and articulating about recycling, insulating homes, buying new trolly cars and converting them all eventually to electric batteries.

It sounded pretty impressive, but much of what he articulated has not happened, and we have spoken with several folks here who are unhappy that little has happened or seems to be happening in his 8 year term here.  City streets and sidewalks are in dire need of repair, 

as are many buildings.  According to one of the Moldavians I spoke with, Moldova is a parliamentary republic.  Citizens vote for parties, and party seats are given out by percentage of votes received.  The majority party chooses the president (that will change in the next election).  The mayor is also chosen in Chisinau by party and not elected directly.  

There is a real contrast between the two mayors we have met yesterday and today.  Granted one is in a village where basic needs are paramount to a fairly small number of people, and the other is a large city of  a million people with complex needs.  The biggest difference, is that change int he village although slower than the mayor and people would want is happening.  It's observable.  In Chisinau, the people are not seeing anything changing and they have been waiting for 8 years.

Tomorrow is Language Day in Moldova.  Our Friendship Force was invited to participate by saying "not singing" the lyrics of their national anthem.  Their anthem is focused on the beauty of their language and how it unites the people and reflects the traditions.  There are five short verses, all in Romanian (Moldavians and Romanians both speak the same language) that we were charged with learning and saying on TV.  Our four groups each took a verse, and we all choral read the last first together.  Hopefully, the TV station will have an opportunity to edit our attempt at Romanian.  Russ was pretty relaxed about it, but I was nervous about it.  First I am much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of the camera.  Second, we are ambassadors of America people, and we wanted to do a good job representing ourselves and our country.

Our Group Did a Fine Job!

Reading the Last Verse
Interviews about Friendship Force

So we hope to see what we sound like on the morning show tomorrow.

After our recitations and interviews we headed to the Smokehouse Bar and Grill owned by an American ex pat where our club hosted our hosts, guides, and interpreters for dinner.  We had a fun time eating pork ribs and spicy chicken.  Enjoy the photos below:

Roz and Creative Development Association Director, Meg

Helen and Hosts

Kathy finds a quiet place to call Bill.

Young Men in the American Alumni Association

Our host Marianna and her daughter Catalina.

After the American party, our Host Marianna took us for a walk in central park and back down to the Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy where we had been earlier and the day.  We came this way because we wanted to introduce Marianna and Catalina to Geocaching.  and YES, we found it.

Having an Ice Cream in Central Park

All is Well with the Worrall Travel Rs in Chisinau, Moldova.