Moldova 28 May: Mandresti - Drochia
An extremely eventful day
Our Moldovian coordinator, Ion, has done and an excellent job in arranging many events and looking after the international team. Here we see him giving a certificate of appreciation to the sports coach at the school.
On our way to Cozesi we are received by a large gathering. It seems that the whole village has come to the roadside to welcome us.
Our running route takes us down some amazing tracks, we are amazed that they show up on our gps system!
In Moldova you have meetings were you don't expect them! They are always a pleasent and welcome surprise. On our countryside route today we are amazed to find a group of very young children standing by the road waiting to see the Peace Run pass by.
Both the Mayor of the district and the Mayor of the town are present. They are delighted that the Peace Run is visiting their town.
We are treated to an exquisite three course meal by Sangerei town council. Sincere thanks for their most kind hospitality.
We are greeted by a huge cheer at the local school in Bilicenii Vechi. The school children have prepared some fantastic performances for the occasion.
Our next visit is to Pelinia which has some of the countries top athletes such as this girl in green who is the national champion for her age in 1500 meter distance.
In Drochia, our final stop for the day, we are given a very special welcome with a prayer and the releasing of doves.
Angela, the director of this new school in Drochia, welcomes the Peace Run. She is extremely kind in organising accommodation and really amazing meals for us. It is only because of warn hearted people like this that the peace run is possible.
We get to try out the fantastic drums used on the boats for keeping the rhythm of strioke of the padels.