Traveling to the Republic of Moldova for the first time, we were eager to discover what life was like in the Moldovan countryside. We were fortunate to discover the guesthouse owned by Constantin, in the village of Rosu, just 5 minutes from Moldova's third-largest city, Cahul.
Constantin, who speaks English, Russian, Italian, and his native Moldovan, taught us how to prepare traditional dishes like Mămăligă, plus salads which were mostly made using organic vegetables from his own garden.
During the days, Constantin accompanied us for excursions through the village of Rosu, and through Cahul, where we mingled with locals and shopped at the local fresh market. He also made arrangements for us to visit the local elementary school, and taught us all about permaculture - something he's passionate about.
We BBQed in his garden, helped him remove seeds from artichoke plants, and mingled with his feisty but friendly outdoor dog, Gutsu. We sometimes independently walked the village, buying homemade wine from his neighbors.
Constantin also offered excursions to the village where his uncle and grandfather live, and since his English is so good, he was able to assist us with onward travel plans.
We were traveling by bus throughout Moldova, and were happy that a bus stop exists to frequently take passengers to and from Cahul, where city services exist (grocery store, fresh market, salon, ATMs, etc.) A one-way bus ticket to and from Cahul from Rosu cost about .20 American cents.