Moldova: the multilingual land of fresh food and wine
[English] – The roads are kind of smashed up, poverty
is pretty clear here there isn’t really good infrastructure. There aren’t so many
amazing buildings to see but So I’ve made it to Chisinau which is the
capital of the Republic of Moldova. Moldova is a landlocked country in
southeastern Europe. I’m in the Botanical Gardens which are quite nice. You can see
as I pan around not so bad it’s kind of an I guess an oasis of calm and quiet in
an urban setting. It’s right in the city centre here so Chisinau has a
population about half a million. The official language of Moldova is Romanian
but Russian is really widely spoken here and as are some other languages like in
the south where you have Gagauz in Gagauzia which is a Turkic language for a
turkic-speaking minority there. So it’s really interesting for me about the
language situation here is how tolerant everybody is about bilingualism you can
really speak in Romanian, Russian or a mixture of both whenever you want
there’s no no problem at all and having lived previously in Belgium where
there’s a lot of friction between French and Dutch speakers there, this is really
I guess a model of tolerance in this in this regard. Also the country of course
has a separatist enclave called Transnistria where in part one of the
reasons for separation was a language issue because there is majority
Russian-speaking as opposed to here where it’s majority Romanian speaking
but in spite of that it’s actually pretty cool. You can speak in both in a
way it’s kind of like a language learner’s dream to be able to come here
and speak at least two languages on a daily basis without any problem so
that’s one thing that Moldova certainly has going for it for a multilingual
traveler. So here we have an example of a bilingual sign in Moldova, here in the zoo. That’s warning you that bathing is
strictly forbidden and here we have a sign telling us that the animals are
dangerous in both Romanian and Russian. [Italian] – So I’m here with Ana, a friend from Chisinau. So Ana, you can speak in both languages here.
– Yes. We are in Moldova … Whoops, excuse me I should speak in Romanian … [Romanian] Here we are in Moldova and we speak 2 languages because we were of the Soviet Union and here we speak Russian and Romanian. This is a plus for us because it’s easy to go elsewhere to other countries like Ukraine and Russia and other countries where they speak Russian and Romanian. [Russian] – Is it possible to speak without any problem in Russian and Romanian everyday? – There are people who speak in Russian as their language but we speak [mainly] in Romanian but they’re those who don’t speak Russian because the Soviet Union is already gone and then there are those who still continue to speak it. [English] – These external pipes, very common in the
former Soviet Union to see on the road something that in Western Europe
you put under the ground. Yeah I’m in Chisinau’s central food
market and as you can see there’s a wide array of produce being brought straight in
from the farms nearby to the city and this is one of the things that in spite
of Moldova being Europe’s poorest country that you can have as a benefit here
because all this produce is so fresh and more
I guess developed countries in inverted commas a lot of time, a lot of the time
we buy food that isn’t quite as fresh or as good. We buy in the supermarket. It’s processed.
It doesn’t have the same nutrient quality as you’re gonna find here
straight off the fields in Moldova so this is one of the advantages at times
of being from a less developed country so let’s go in to buy some fresh food. [Russian] What is it possible to buy here?
What’s tasty? Can I have some grapes, please? Which ones are better for me? How much is that?
– 20 Lei. [1 euro] – How much? – 20 euros
– 20 euros, I don’t think so! Thanks a lot.
– And you.
[Romanian] – Thanks! [English] I’ve been to the market
I’ve gotten my my grapes here. Gonna enjoy them right now – very tasty – so I’m
gonna see you at my next stop which is Orhei Vechi. So this is basically a complex including
several things. It’s not just one historical site. There are Turkish baths.
There is a Moldova monastery. There is a Moldovan fort here and there’s lots of
other artefacts in this area and it’s a really really beautiful area. It’s supposedly
the most beautiful part of Moldova just this little hill behind us and the
valley below so we’re gonna go down there and take a look and then go up to
the monastery right up here somewhere and then take a closer look. There are also some
catacombs there look interesting from I’ve seen online so let’s go check them
out! So here I am just walking up the hill towards the monastery in Orhei Vechi and this is the most beautiful part of Moldova as I was saying earlier you
got this beautiful monastery in front of me behind me you have some catacombs on
on a ridge and then you’ve got this beautiful vista out over the valley. It’s
quite yeah it’s quite spectacular I would say. Definitely worth making the
trip out from Chisinau. It’s only about an hour’s drive so this was definitely
one that I’m glad I rushed to make because it’s about to … the sun is about
to go down so let’s go and see the monastery before it’s where it’s dark
here. So we’re now finished up in Orhei Vechi and heading back to Chisianu, the capital. As you saw there really
beautiful vistas off the top of the hill down onto the valley and of
course a very beautiful monastery on top and those interesting catacombs that you
could see from the aerial shot so see you back in Chisinau! So greetings from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. I’m back here again. Today is a very special
day. It’s the Ziua Naţională a Vinului. which is the national day of wine. So wine is something really important here in Moldova. It’s actually I think
probably the most famous export from the country maybe is their wine and you see
wine production and every level so some of the most famous vineyards here
in Moldova are Pucari, Cricova like almost I think 200 kilometers of
these underground caverns where you can …. where the wine is stored and you can sample that.
That’s really cool and quite unique here in Chisinau. So that was my video from Moldova you
might notice that the background has changed little bit maybe not the back
I’m in a similar country to Moldova the same region and it’s six months later
because I’ve been editing that footage that was shot back in September only now.
It’s now March 2018. Now I’m actually here filming my next video my current
vlog. That is going to be the next video coming up which is from Brest in Belarus.
They’ve just launched a five-day visa free program to this city so it’s
something that a lot of you maybe are interested in coming to see since its’
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for travelers. I would normally say ‘la revedere’ which is good bye in
Romanian from Chisinau but actually I’m in Brest in Belarus so it’s gonna be
‘до свидания’ which is goodbye in Russian and kind of appropriate for a video about Moldova so I look forward to seeing you in the next video!