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Moldova

Moldova

Etymology

The name “Moldova” derives from the Moldova River; the valley of this river served as a political centre at the time of the foundation of the Principality of Moldavia in 1359. The origin of the name of the river remains unclear. According to a legend recounted by Moldavian chroniclers Dimitrie Cantemir and Grigore Ureche, Prince Dragoș named the river after hunting an aurochs: following the chase, the prince’s exhausted hound Molda drowned in the river. The dog’s name, given to the river, extended to the Principality. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Afterwork @ Pentalog – Pentalog already has a long tradition of regular meetings in circles of interest, so-called user groups, to share knowledge and experience. These events have thus far been closed to the public from the outside, being held only internally in one or between multiple branches. The power still lies in the community. [meetup]

Dreamups Events – Join us for an amazing journey. A journey of building a global company from scratch. We believe that anyone can build a successful business. Even if you are from Moldova. Especially from Moldova, where it seams you have a lot of limitations and all the reasons to fail. [meetup]

Tekwill – Tekwill is where people, community, ideas, resources, science and industry meet to identify, facilitate and enhance excellence in information technology. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Moldova City Meeting – If you would like to visit Moldova, not only to enjoy seeing the sights or old relics and monuments, but to meet and to get to know girls from the country to find your future spouse. You are in the right place, because there are girls here only from Moldova, and you will not waste your time on your search. [moldova.city-meeting.com]

Russian Cupid – RussianCupid.com is a specialist dating and matchmaking website that assists people from Russian and Western backgrounds to find their perfect match. We offer friendly service combined with sophisticated search and messaging facilities that will make your search for true love fun and enjoyable. [russian cupid]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Tours By Locals – Welcome to Chisinau, known as «Small Rome» due to its location on seven hills. During this amazing tour you will see the most popular sights and discover the beauty of this green city. Being immersed in the parks greenery, city center is preserved in the XIX century style and it is a true cultural and historical heritage of Moldova. [tours by locals]

Trip Moldova – Incoming travel agency, founded in 2013, is specialized in offering accommodation, transfer, tailored made packages and full service tours for individual guests, business travelers and groups. [trip moldova]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bendery – One of Transdniestr’s three cities, Bendery is the greener and more aesthetically pleasing counterpart to Tiraspol. Though you can still see the bullet holes that remain from the civil war with Moldova, the city itself is friendly and fun. [the crazy tourist]

Capriana – Sitting in a lush green forest in Capriana is one of the oldest monasteries in Moldova. Founded in the 15th century by Alexander the Good, it was once the home of the Moldavian bishop as well as Chiprian, one of the first Moldavian poets. It houses the largest convent library in the country and after years of neglect, was reopened in 1989 as a symbol of national revival. [the crazy tourist]

Chisinau – This is modern and friendly place is Moldova’s biggest city and serves as its capital. Chisinau has loads of green space, parks, and historical buildings. It feels like a city with space. There’s also no shortage of restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, spas, and casinos! You’ll want to visit Pushkin Park and the orange pyramid at the World War II memorial. [the crazy tourist]

Codru Natural Reservation – The most popular (as well as oldest!) reserve in the country, Codru lies in the centre of Moldova and is made up of a series of magnificent ravines and valleys. You’ll find over 1000 species of protected plants, 145 bird species, 43 mammal species, seven reptile species, and more. [the crazy tourist]

Cricova Winery – A quick 30 minutes from Chisinau is Cricova Winery. The second largest underground winery in the world; it is definitely something to experience. You’ll find 120 kilometres of complex roadways above ground and an elaborate tunnel system underground which has been in place since the 15th century when the limestone was dug out to build Chisinau. [the crazy tourist]

Gagauzia – The Gagauzia region is an autonomous non-contiguous stretch of land made up of three towns and 27 villages. The culture and heritage here is primarily influenced by Turkey and although the people are largely Christians, their ancestors were Muslim refugees fleeing from war and looking for a place to lay roots. They were permitted to stay in this region only if they converted. [the crazy tourist]

Kvint – You can purchase a bottle of some of Europe’s best cognac at the entrance gate to the Kvint factory. They’ve been making top-quality cognac here since 1897 and even buying from the street vendors here will give you value for your money. [the crazy tourist]

Manastirea Curchi – This monastery wins the award for the most beautiful in all of Moldova. The complex is made up of five churches, a refectory, several abbeys, and monk cells. Its beauty comes from the Bessarabia architectural style. [the crazy tourist]

Orheiul Vechi – Just an hour outside of Chisinau is Orheiul, or Old Orhei, Moldova’s most incredible sight. It’s an archaeological complex with rich cultural and historical significance. It’s also a place of stunning natural beauty. Overlooking the Raut River, this open-air complex features fortifications, baths, caves, ruins, and monasteries – all which date back as late as the Dacian tribes of 2000 years ago. [the crazy tourist]

Padurea Domneasca (Royal Forest) Natural Reservation – Founded in 1993, this is the largest natural reserve in Moldova and is located in Glodeni. Here you’ll find the country’s oldest stand of old-growth oak tree where the oldest oak is estimated to be about 450 years old. [the crazy tourist]

Saharna – This small village is the one that visitors most often say they’d love to return to. The Holy Trinity Monastery is there, but it’s also a place of breathtaking natural beauty. There is a silence and calmness that permeates the place – and you, after just a short time. Saharna is a pilgrimage place for many Moldavians because of a footprint on a rock which is believed to be the Virgin Mary’s. [the crazy tourist]

Soroca – Soroca has played a large and important role throughout Moldova’s history due to its location on the Dniestr River. During wars and sieges, armies were able to defend the country well from this vantage point. The highlight is Soroca Fortress, one in a chain of military strongholds built as early as the 14th century by princes looking to fortify their position against invaders. [the crazy tourist]

Taul Park and Pommer Manor – Located in Taul Village, Taul Park is the largest in the country. Inside the park is the stately manor house of Ivan Pommer, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century. It’s a testament to landscape architecture and was highly revered in its time. The park itself is comprised of two parts. The upper part is where you’ll find the manor house with tons of footpaths being swallowed by amazing flower beds. [the crazy tourist]

Tipova Monastery – Located in a remote but beautiful part of Moldova, Tipova Monastery comprises three main complexes that have been dug out of the rocks along the banks of the Dniestr River. The oldest complex is the Church of the Feast of the Holy Cross (11th century). [the crazy tourist]

Transdniestr – This narrow strip of land on the Dniestr River is definitely one of the oddest places in Eastern Europe. The government there has declared Transdniestr an independent republic. Though it’s a republic that doesn’t officially exist anywhere else but there. Officially still a part of Moldova; the locals here believe they won their independence during a civil war in 1992. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Bitei – Biennial festival BITEI is the only International Festival of Scenic Arts in Moldova. The program of the festival includes the following sections: Theater, Music, Dance and Street performances. Within these sections, there are played dramatic theater performances, modern dance performances, puppet theater, music and folklore. There are held debates, meetings at the event with people interested in theater, personalities, and guests invited to the festival. [trip to moldova]

Cronograf – The International Documentary Film Festival CRONOGRAF is the only film festival in Moldova. It includes an international section of Documentary Film and three sections dedicated to local producers: video advertising, music video, local TV productions. The festival aims to get the public closer to documentary film and filmmakers. The friendly and informal athmosphere during the festival breaks the formal barriers and offers a space for communication, free expression and sincere emotions. [trip to moldova]

Gustar – This ethno music festival gathers citizen of Moldova and foreign tourists to a multicultural dialogue. People call it “Gustar”, archaic word that symbolizes the month when most of the fruits including grapes are ripe and tasty. You’ll have the chance to spend a weekend in nature, taste delicious traditional meals and enjoy amazing ethno music. [trip to moldova]

Nufarulalb – During the festival the town transforms into a place of meetings for folklore singers and dancers, handicraft makers from different countries. This is a folk festival where groups showing restores or stylized folklore participate. What is very obvious at this festival is the diversity of cultures and music traditions kept for centuries by different nations. [trip to moldova]

Velo Hora – It’s goal is to unite people on bicycles, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle and changing  drivers’ attitude towards cyclists. The participants have a 20km ride through the streets of Chisinau.  In addition to the ride, there are family-friendly games and activities to enjoy, including an open air concert in the square. The festival draws its name from the hora, a traditional Moldovan circle dance, symbolizing unity. [trip to moldova]

Victory Day – Victory day marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the WWII. On this day, TV networks broadcast World War II-inspired films, veterans, that wear their medals are honored by younger generations. On this day there is a tradition to give flowers, usually red carnations, to veterans in the street and to lay wreaths at the war memorial sites. The festivities culminate in a military parade at Victory Memorial. [trip to moldova]

Wine Day – You will have the opportunity to try different types of wine and liquor, enjoy traditional food, meet people, engage in a traditional hora, and have a whole Moldovan cultural experience. Don’t forget to spoil yourself and  buy a bottle of Moldovan “corked history”. [trip to moldova]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses – Are not widely spread in the capital of Moldova. There are very few routes and it takes ages to wait them. However if you are so patient to wait until the bus comes you should pay 3 leys. Like in trolleybus you should be given a ticket. [world of moldova]

Jitney – The most widely spread public transport. There are many routes which interconnect all the parts of the city. Usually it takes just 1-3 minutes until jitney comes. In jitney you should pay 3 Moldovan leys. [world of moldova]

Taxis – Are widely spread in Chisinau. There are different taxi services and it may be difficult to choose. However you should know that the price for the same trip by different taxi services doesn’t differ a lot. The difference is not higher than 10 leys. Usually the price for taxi trip is between 20 and 50 leys. [world of moldova]

Trolleybuses – Also widely spread in Chisinau. They have not so many routes and it takes longer to wait them. However they are also cheaper. You should pay for ticket 2 leys. Unlike in jitney in trolleybuses you should always be given a ticket. [world of moldova]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Chisinau Java User Group – We talk about code, architecture, real-worlds problems, all related to Java. We plan to meet every 2-3 months. Meetings are free and open to everyone, both listeners and speakers. [meetup]

Chisinau Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. [meetup]

Connect.IT Meetup in Chisinau – Connect.IT is a meetup concept powered by Endava having the aim to create a network of IT specialists with various technical background, who will share their experience and interests. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Moldova – Bună ziua and welcome to our expat community in Moldova! Whether you are looking to relocate or have just made the move to Moldova, the InterNations expat community can help make your expat life in Moldova much easier. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

GenderDoc-M – Our mission is to create a legal environment, legal and social society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, LGBT community by developing, informing, promoting rights, service delivery and organizational capacity expansion. [gdm]

Resources

Resources

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