Moldova 27 May: Nisporeni - Mandresti
From old to young
We find an old well by the road and the boys are delighted to hoist up a bucket of refreshing natural water.
The first meeting of the day is in Lozova. Everyone from the village, from old to young, gather to welcome the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.
In Sadova the Mayor gives us a sincere welcome and tells about the sporting and community catives of the town.
We are met by the Vice Mayor of Calarasi who is extremely kind and makes us feel very welcome. We offer a certificate of appreciation and Jharna Kala artwork by Sri Chinmoy. Following the ceremony the town council most kindly sponsers a meal for the Peace Run team.
Some local children offer us a song and then give each runner a lovely dove of peace that they have made.
We are treated to a tour of the town museum and we discover some fascinating history and artifacts from Calarasi.
At the entrance to Budai we find many locals waiting for us. The Mayor of Budai commends us on what we are doing and wishes us well as we travel onwards through the rest of Europe.
The last meeting of the day is in Telenesti where we find another kind of torch waiting. Yes, it is an olympic torch from the games in Moscow and this athlete recieved it for his participation in the olympic games.
The Mayor of Telenesti shares some kinds words with all present. He talks about the important role sport plays in their community.