Living in the Balkans can be a really strange experience. As the new group of volunteers draws ever closer to arriving I am reminded of the hours upon hours I spent fretting about what to bring to Albania. What would I need? What would be available? Basically it was pre-departure jitters but it's still a … Continue reading The 7 gadgets to bring with you in Peace Corps
The first few weeks of school have been a whirlwind. First my school was/is undergoing renovations and has been since mid-summer. This is great, except that the school was in no way ready to have children attending a day before we were set to start school. The Albanian workers must have kicked it into high … Continue reading The Curious Case of the Soapless Bathroom
So summer has been incredibly hot. Like, the crawl onto your sofa in the most ventilated room in only your undies sort of hot (thank the lord that I got an apartment). I have never found myself sweating while laying down inside before; but Albania is a land of 'firsts' so that's what happened. While … Continue reading Summer Recap: Or how I completely went dark for 2 months and need to update you guys.
Having been in this country for 5 months I am still blown away by the care and generosity that Albanians display to their guests. It's everywhere. I walk down the street and people offer me coffee. If I'm walking with my site-mate they offer him Raki (free booze at 7 in the morning anyone?). I … Continue reading Albanian Hospitality
having a camp in Albania sounds more intimidating than it actually is. It's honestly pretty amazing how easily these kids will get behind you. And if you learn nothing else from this post, know that you can have a successful camp in Albania using nothing more than a few repurposed liter and a half water … Continue reading Summer Camp
Having only been at my site for a month and change, being asked to have a summer camp felt like a bit of an ask. Peace Corps gives you the impression that, even though having a camp isn't required for service, you should do one...like you REALLY should do one. 'We're going to spend hours of … Continue reading Summer Camp Prep
It's been a crazy month for my family. A lot has been going on and so the 'welcome to site' care package has been put off..I'm still waiting to tell my lovely family what I desperately want and need (See my 12 Things I wish I knew Post), and then so much more. I have … Continue reading The Care Package
Once upon a time I was wandering aimlessly around after a church service where my dear friend's father had given the sermon. Unfortunately I don't remember what exactly the service was about other than that in this life we are given the chance to plant ourselves into this earth and to create a legacy for … Continue reading So why’d you do it?
So I made food yesterday. and it was AMAZING! well, for an Albanian Peace Corps Volunteer it was. So let me back up and help to paint a picture of how this went down: It was the bright and early hour of 11:30 and I had just managed to pay my internet bill, which was … Continue reading My First Decent Dinner
Let me tell you what I was given in my apartment for a kitchen. Brace yourself my foodie friends because what I'm about to tell you is graphic in nature and may be extremely disturbing to your standard-having soul. On that fateful first day I remember wondering to myself as I laid on my 'new' … Continue reading The ‘Kitchen’