It looks like we are going to Transnistria next week. Their capital, Tiraspol would be the second largest city in Moldova if they didn't break away and it looks to me like it has now practically merged with Bender (it is just five miles away), which would be the fourth largest town in Moldova.
They have their own currency there, it is Transnistrian Rouble, our host showed us a couple of notes, here they are:
The guy on the tenner is Alexander Suvorov, the Count of Rymnik, Count of the Holy Roman Empire, Prince of Italy, and the last Generalissimo of the Russian Empire. He is a national hero in Russia.
Suvorov is one of the greatest generals in history and is one of the few who never lost a battle, being undefeated in over sixty large battles while frequently having the numerical disadvantage (Wikipedia).
He avoided comfort in his everyday life, even in peaceful times he “did not walk, but ran, did not just ride but rode very fast.”
The French King Louis XVIII said the following about Suvorov, “a small man, thin, frail, ill-proportioned… but under all these oddities there was a great military genius. In his army Suvorov was a real leader and solders followed him everywhere and without doubts. He was like a sword of Russia… ”
Suvorov believed that ‘a military man must know the languages of the nations with whom he is fighting,’ so he developed a fluent command of French, German, Greek, Turkish, Italian, Polish and Latin, as well as some knowledge of Arabic, Finnish and Persian. He also rejected a suggestion that the Russian army rid itself of its musicians, saying, ‘Music doubles, trebles the force of an army.’
Here are a couple of his quotes:
One minute decides the outcome of a battle, one hour the success of a campaign, one day the fate of empires.
It is very difficult to do one's duty. I was considered a barbarian because at the storming of the Praga 7,000 people were killed. Europe says that I am a monster. I myself have read this in the papers, but I would have liked to talk to people about this and ask them: is it not better to finish a war with the death of 7,000 people rather than to drag it on and kill 100,000.
As long as the enemy fights he must be beaten relentlessly, but a defeated enemy and especially the civilian population must be treated generously.
The more comfort the less courage there is.
If we had not driven them into hell... hell would have swallowed us.
He who is afraid is half beaten.
One cannot think that blind bravery gives victory over the enemy.
And this is a picture of some Moldovan wild flowers to make this post easier for wosny
to tolerate in their friends feed. I know that wosny
hates war but likes wild flowers.