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.
|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.|
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|
Later in the day the clan gathered at Marianna's family home with brother, sister-in-law, cousins, and parents.