One of the things I am looking forward to the most is being able to have an actual conversation with Albanians. Hopefully that day will come sooner than later. These days I am constantly in a state of panic as I try to comprehend what they are saying and how I am going to respond with my extremely limited vocabulary. This begins to get frustrating as I get to know my host family better. There are so many things I want to say to them, especially when it comes to being polite and thanking them for all that they do.
Unfortunently most of the things I know how to say begin with I want or come out sounding as if they’re commands. I am the fifth volunteer staying with my host family though so they know the drill. My grandpa keeps reminding me “Avash avash” (slowly, slowly) and telling me that my head is full of information. Or at least I think that is what he is saying haha.
This past week Emily, the volunteer that stayed with my host family last year, came back to visit. It was awesome to see my grandpa and grandma’s faces light up when she walked into the room. The whole family was so happy to see her and the most amazing thing, she was able to talk to them really well in shqip!!
It has made me see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. It’s exciting to think of coming back to visit and being able to tell them about my life and work I am doing. There won’t be all one word answers and clueless nodding along with the conversations.
Sometimes, its the little things here in Albania that excite me the most.