April 24th, 2017

They say I am a liberal

So everyone seems to be doing this and I have too. Below are my results. Closest Match: Liberalism.

Do it too, people and show us your real face. No more secrets from LJ brotherhood! Also, let's start the friending / unfriending frenzy where we will unfriend everyone with the political views different from ours and friend everyone with similar views to make the world a better place and ensure our morality is not compromised (works like a treat).

The test is here: https://8values.github.io

Of course I need to be called out on not being a true liberal because I do not believe that only Malala gets to have an opinion and can voice it because everyone else didn't get shot in the face trying to get an education (and also might have a penis). But then, I have heard that there are doubts now among the most woke liberals that Malala might actually be islamophobic because she blames those radical men for shooting her in the face for wanting to get an education and it is clearly not their fault (they are oppressed too and that's why they shoot girls in the face for wanting to go to school).

Rainbow and Rome

Extreme weather seems to be over in Moldova. This is what we saw here a couple of hours ago:

We have a meeting at the ministry tomorrow where we expect to shake hands on the second part of our project (we worked hard on the docs through the winter with a lot of back and forth but it deserves a separate post), which will link two protected wooded areas currently separated by an illegal waste dumping site, agricultural land and an abandoned plant into one.

Many of the volunteers who worked with us last year are coming back to the village this year too, which is excellent because I will not be able to spend as much time here as I did last year and these guys are a team already and know how things work (and don't work) here.

Meanwhile, budget airlines here apparently had some spring sale and pretty much half of the village booked 20 euro return tickets to Italy (some to Rome, some to Venice, some to Bologna, some to Milan, some to Turin) and are off to Italy for a two days break with some good wine and a gelato or two. They do not have to book accommodation because Italy has the largest Moldovan diaspora in Europe (every village is pretty much represented in every major Italian city) and they will just sleep on the floor in some Moldovans' living rooms in respective cities for one or two nights. There is a whole party of Moldovan grannies going to Rome actually.