The people from exploring moldova organize cycling, hiking, canoing, teambuilding trainings and other outdoor activities, mainly in Moldova, but also in Romania and the Ukraine. They provide the equipment and can design a tour according to your personal preferences. Leonid, the initiator started to organize such tours when he noticed there existed a demand for these kind of activities, especially among foreigners.
Mud, clay and stars
As there was one other sporty volunteer interested to cycle we chose for a tour of about 60 kms that started at the edge of Codru forest, 24 kms out of Chisinau. It would lead us through the forest, agricultural fields and villages to an ostrich farm, which is actually a small zoo as well.
The start was soft... as I almost immediately fell down in the mud. Some parts of the road were actually so muddy that the mud (or clay) got stuck between the wheels and the mudguard, so we had to remove the mudguards.
|removing the mudguards|
Enlevant les garde-boue
|wannabe guards in the ditch of the ancient settlement|
Gardes en devenir dans le fossé de l’ancienne colonie
|wannabe archelogists with pieces of ancient pottery|
Pseudo archéologues avec des morceaux de poteries anciennes
|Picture by Leonid - Exploring Moldova|
Photo de Leonid – Exploring Moldova
At the end of the day we reached the ostrich farm. There were not only ostriches, but also lots of other special birds, goats, sheep and horses. The impressive ostrich eggs we left at the farm. I am not fond of eggs anyway and if you want a boiled ostrich egg you will need a lot of patience. It takes about 3 hours to boil them. Unfortunately I didn't take picture of this beautiful place.
|Austriches in Bardar - www.worldpix.com|
Autruches à Bardar
In the dark, under a sky full of stars, we cycled back to the car. We already made plans for other tours, for example caving in the cave of surprises or climbing along the Nistru border... so exploring moldova to be continued.
See also the nice impression of the tour by Erika: http://gintalatinachisinau.wordpress.com/2012/11/