When I looked out of my window yesterday morning, I gasped so loudly I could have woken people up. The forecast promised snow and me and my boss were discussing how could we expect some 40 cm on the next day. It all seemed like a joke, until Chisinau became covered in white.
While, day one seemed like an annoying episode of the global warming, the next day brought an absolute disaster. Take the images of the Easter Bunnies still standing in the central park of the Moldovan capital. That one day sure as hell made a difference. On April 21, we sure did get at least 30 cm of snow, which felled hundreds upon hundreds of trees, cut off the transport and electricity lines in Chisinau and many towns and villages caught up in the storm.
I love my job. I braved bad weather for it. The road to work took about an hour in a suffocatingly-full bus, which miraculously appeared some 15 min after I arrived at the station. The road to the office was blocked by 3 fallen trees and torn wires. Considering the state of emergency in the capital, the work day was cancelled and all of us were sent home. Since the trolleybus circulation – the fastest and most efficient way of getting around the city did not get restored until the point of writing (10 p.m.), walking was the only option. Thankfully, I made it home intact – wet through, and limping
Sunday, April 2, 2017 marked a new beginning for Moldovan sport, as duathlon made the
first solid steps towards revival. The inaugural edition of the Kids Duathlon Championship organized at the stadium of National Technical University of Moldova gathered over 50 kids, who competed for the title of the champion in three age categories.
The youngest participants of the competition aged between 6 and 9 years old had to run 400 m and cycle 800 m, while their older counterparts had to do overcome an increasingly more difficult course in order to fight for the chance to earn the country’s historic champion titles . The competition was judged by Iurie Ostashin, the country’s most renown triathlete and Moldova’s only IRONMAN.
The Triathlon Federation of Moldova was re-established in 2016, after the sport’s governing body failed to develop the sport nation-wide and ceased functioning. The newly-created Federation is currently led by Dorin Alexei. Iurie Ostashin serves as the vice-president of the organization.
While the Federation has already organized an amateur indoor triathlon test event this winter, the Kids Championship became the first major step towards the organization of a junior duathlon/triathlon program. The inaugural edition of the adult edition of the duathlon will be the biggest test for the national sport to date. The event is set to take place in the center of the Moldovan capital city of Chisinau on the 30th of April.
Mashka is a hero of one of the most controversial stray dog stories in Chisinau.
There is a middle-aged lady in our neighborhood. She is often seen walking her dog – a male rottweiler-griffon cross-breed. When Mashka was in heat, she let her own homeboy procreate. The she let him do that again… She’s caring – in a way… This woman feeds the stray dogs, but she also effectively helps their numbers grow. Now Mashka is pregnant with her third litter of pups.
While the two little ones on the photos below did get adopted, the second generation of her offspring did not fare well. A girl posted the adoption notice on Facebook said she managed to find a home for all 7 of the pups. In a day. All at once… Which, in Moldovan reality only means one thing – that the little ones were most likely dead soon after they left the bushes where they were born.
Facebook is the most popular source for stray animal adoptions here in Moldova, but fact is it is oftentimes extremely different to find a home for one pup, let alone seven in one day. Some posts go without a phone call for many many days and very few dogs are lucky enough to find a home. The fact that all of the little ones were taken is a very dark sign.