When someone mentions Moldova usually someone will mention that the people in this young and small country are the unhappiest on the planet. Although recent surveys do no longer support this claim, Moldavians are arguably still not a happy bunch.
That being said, this landlocked country has its charms. The wine industry seems to flourish, and winery tours are a main tourist activity. I met a nice group of people at the Ionika Hostel in the capital Chisinau, who I enjoyed wine with, and took a tour. The city itself is not exactly impressive, but funnily most people arriving here end up staying longer than originally anticipated. I also used the chance to slow down my travel pace and meet people.
When it comes to Transnistria I wonder what really makes a country, or rather a nation-state? “A sovereign state of which most of the citizens or subjects are united also by factors which define a nation, such as language or common descent”. That appears not to be true for neither Transnistria nor Moldova. But does it really ever for most nation-states? Moldovans are torn between Russia and Romania, it seems, which may be exemplified by that tiny want-to-be nation-state Transnistria.