By Joshua Wood, LPC
Last updated on Sep 24, 2021
Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Chisinau, Moldova: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know about living in Chisinau?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Chisinau, they said:
"1.Profit on eating healthy and organic Moldovan food!
2. Be kind in clubs and bars, but do not exagerate-people will try to profit on you
3. Moldovan Women are the best in the world in matter of everything: smart, good wifes, good at work, good at cooking....
4. Try to avoid discussions with drunk local people- they may kick your ass,"
said another expat in Chisinau.
"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,"
remarked another in Chisinau.
How do I meet people in Chisinau?
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