I had a post all ready for today, and then things took a turn… toward Moldova. And the Republic of Korea. As I’ve mentioned before, at Word Press, we get to
obsess check out daily stats for each of our blog posts, and our blog overall. We can see how many visitors versus views we get each day (frankly, I preferred thinking that they were all visits, instead of knowing that there were fewer visitors, who looked at more). We can see which posts were read, and how many hits they got, and we can see where the visits are from. In fact, we get a super cool map of the world, with the names of the countries where visitors came from, and how many hits came from which country.
So I look at the stats, and I get a kick out of seeing new countries. Last week Moldova showed up. It wasn’t a one hit visit, but two… each day for several days now. It got me wondering about Moldova. If I’ve got a reader, or two, from Moldova, I want to know more. I’d want to know that “Salutare,” is how I might say hello to Moldavan readers. While Moldovan is the official language, it is essentially Romanian. It would help to know that if there are 3.6 million people in Moldova, 1/1,000,000 choose to check out my blog. (That may be off, as stats are not my thing). That makes it that much more interesting that I have consistently had 2-4 hits from Moldova, for nearly 6 days straight now. I’m intrigued.
But what do the stats really mean? Has one person in Moldova chosen to read 1-4 of my posts, each day, for 6 days? Or, has more than one Moldovan been reading just one post a day? Regardless, Moldova is now in the 5th spot for countries reading my blog this week! Yo Moldova! Welcome to the Motherland!
So where is Moldova, and what’s it all about Ruby, you are asking? Or, I suppose it would be what’s it all about Iona (listed as a popular name in Moldova in 2010)? Moldova is sandwiched right between Romania and the Ukraine, which is all very close to Russia. On Moldova.org, there’s a lot of news that involves Putin and Russian news. The capital of Moldova is Chișinău, with a population between 668,000-794,800 (depending on what area you count). That makes Chișinău somewhere around the size of Memphis,TN-Charlotte, NC.
It is a country rich in culture and tourist potential. There are more than 142 wineries in Moldova, so once might think of it as the Napa/Sonomo of Eastern Europe. Who doesn’t like wine? The relatively mild climate probably contributes to the winery opportunities. Summer temperatures average in the low 70s, while winter runs in the mid to low 30s. That surprised me. I guess when I saw the proximity to Russia, I envisioned killer winters. I’m sure Moldovan readers believe I own a gun, as an American. I don’t own a gun, and Moldova is not Siberia. See, we are all learning something here.
Last week, the song of the day in Moldova was Cristina Croitoru and Karizma’s Never Fall Again. Ok Moldovan readers, I want to welcome you into my blog life, but that is not my kind of music. I can see the appeal: to lovers of the club scene, who want to stare into someone’s eyes, all moony and stuff. Otherwise, not really my music Moldova. If you’ve been reading back posts, you now that I love music, but I’m not a big pop or club music person. (Moldovans and other readers, check out this post: Me In the Chord Of… for my music favorites).
As a huge “foodie,” I was naturally very interested in the food in Moldova. Searching the web, I found a lot of foods that reminded me of Russian food. Lots of root vegetables, meats and grains, served in stews, pickles, and marinades. The national dish is an old Romanian dish called mămăligă . It’s a porridge or mush that is served, like bread, with most meals. Sounds like grits to me! I’m not a big grits, fan, but I’m always willing to try new foods… barring the hot spicy ones. I’m a total weeny when it comes to that. I don’t see a lot of fresh veggies on the list. Stuffed cabbage is a local favorite however, and I love stuffed cabbage! My mom learned to make stuffed grape leaves and cabbage from my great grandmother, and it was always one of my very favorite meals growing up. I really wish I’d gotten her recipe, before she forgot how to do those things.
Moldova, Welcome to Tales From the Motherland! It’s been fun seeing you in my stats, and lots of fun checking out your country. Stick around and see where things go! The rest of you, my wonderful readers from all over, hit Like and welcome Moldova to the fold. Moldova, Leave a comment and tell us a little about yourself. I’m dying of curiosity! Please tell me you didn’t just come here to read about my affair with Barack Obama, because that’s been getting a lot of hits lately. Y’all, the rest of you, leave your thoughts too. Show Moldova some love.
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