Week Four was one of the busier weeks we have had in PST and that definitely helped the time pass a little quicker than normal.
We were able to meet the Ambassador on Tuesday in Elbasan. He was a funny, very personable man originally from Colorado. We were able to talk to him for about an hour about their role with the Peace Corps and also ask him questions. He gave us a political answer and a “real” answer on each question we asked and it was really interesting to hear him talk about different issues Albania has.
Six days a week we have language class starting at 8 am. My group in Pajove and the group in Bisqem alternate between the same two language teachers. I cannot stress enough how lucky I feel to have great teachers that help us every day as we struggle through the grammar and pronunciation of Shqip. Our teachers are some of our most important connections we have as we try to make our way into the Albanian culture.
I have now been living in Albania for one month. I have made so many new memories with so many new people I can’t imagine the things I will be able to look back on after two years. I am slowly starting to feel as though I can communicate with my host family more and more. Last night was my grandpa and grandma 46th wedding anniversary. That is so amazing and I felt very blessed to be able to celebrate with them. We had supper together and they pulled out a bottle of red wine that was surprisingly tasty. I continue to love having host sisters and find it so extremely different from growing up with two brothers.
My group is awesome, as well as many in group 15. One of my favorite parts of Peace Corps and being here is the people that you are able to meet. A lot of us have some of the same interests and similar goals in our lives right now. Not to mention we all have a bit of an adventurous bone in our body or we wouldn’t be here. Being able to relate to each other makes this transition of moving to another country so much easier.
I do have feelings of homesickness every now and then but overall, I am very happy to be with where I’m at. Plus, PST doesn’t give you enough free time to dwell on missing America too much!