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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Chisinau, Moldova
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Be aware of the language issue - Russian tends to be the language of commerce, but it's also seen by many as the language of oppression. Only around 13% of the population is ethnic Russian. The majority are Moldovan and speak Romanian (though Russians call it "Moldovan," in an effort to impose psychological separation between Romania and Moldova). It's a touchy issue, entwined in the country's history.

Make sure to visit the wineries - they're amazing, and during the summer and fall do most of your food shopping at the outdoor markets - the prices are cheap and you'll get some of the best produce you've ever had.

Bring with you a good pair of jeans, and some smart clothes. People dress up for all types of occasions, and just walking down the street is like walking through a fashion magazine. But you also wonder where they get this stuff, because the selection you find in stores and at the market is meager and overpriced. You can get a good winter coat cheap over there, but take a good pair of lined, waterproof boots with you for winter. Take with you any kitchen tools you can't live without, though now you can get things like a garlic press and can opener. If you're going to take electrical appliances, also take an adapter.

Good medicines are easy to find, just don't be afraid to ask the pharmacist what they recommend for your symptoms. Lasagna noodles and pepperoni were the 2 foods we could never ever find, but most everything else could be either found or approximated. Tupperware, on the other hand, is scarce and expensive. (Continue)

ukthesis replied most recently with:
I plan to live in Chisinau from the summer. I have lived near Manchester in the UK. I am to marry, in June, a Moldovan lady and we have bought an apartment in Ciocana for us to live in and to open an online marriage service. I only know of a very small handful of people from English speaking countries living in Chisinau. Can you tell me more of yourself and tips? I do not yet speak Russian, the main language in the city.
A reader replied recently with:
Woman will not hesitate at sleeping with your husband, and if your husband falls to temptation, he will get lucky. Men will try to sleep with USA or UK women, married or unmarried. In my case, the man was successful! Beware of Chisinau married folks! This is a sleezy place driven by a need for a green card, and many times sex is successfully traded for the green card.
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Expat Report Living in Chisinau, Moldova was published
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
The most famous attractions are Wine cellars, clubs. I recommend visiting in period May-October, to fond an extremely lovely green city such as Chisinau. The prices for food are from very low (local production) to average (for some imported goods), for services are quite low. (Continue)

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