Until the liberalization of the visa regime with the European Union eight years ago, Ala Vladica could count on fingers the days she got to see her grandchildren “in the flesh”. She communicated with them online, via Skype. And she still remembers having tears every time at the end of the conversation. Moreover, she had to go to the Estonian Embassy in Kiev for a Schengen visa. Often her application would get rejected. It was the most painful when her first grandchild Alex was born. She went for the visa with all the necessary documents three times, but unsuccessfully.
Currently, the Vladica family gets all together several times a year. Grandparents go to Tallinn twice, and another two times grandchildren come to Moldova. Ala Vladica does not imagine it could be different now. Especially since the visa regime liberalization has brought not only more pictures for the family photo albums, but also a baggage of impressions from the countries she has visited.