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.