I never knew I took you for granted. I always expected you to be there. You never failed me, and I was never grateful. In fact, quite the opposite. I would complain about having to attend to you. I would forget your accomplishments, Only to have them sour and require you to do that work … Continue reading I never knew I Took You for Granted
In my many years being in youth groups, clubs, and attending sleepover parties I have had my fair share of over-night parties. I always scowled at my parents when they would show visible signs of dread when I would request to host a sleepover or ask them to volunteer at a lock-in. I never understood … Continue reading The Great Campout of Corovode
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
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’
After being away for way too long I'm covering my few strategies of survival in Pre-Service Training.
HEEEEEEEEY, sorry I've been dark for so long! the last three months have been crazy! and I promise to catch you all up on it in some throw back posts! But let me keep it current and tell you what is going on with me RIGHT. NOW! Well, I Got to my permanent site a … Continue reading Whoops, It’s been a minute