So far I have learned that the Peace Corps experience will remind you again and again to just roll with the punches. I traveled the 6 hours from my training site of Pajove to my new home in Permet. Besides getting ripped off by a cafe owner ( he charged me $1.00 for my coffee- hold on to your pants Starbucks connoisseurs, that is indeed shume expensive here), it was uneventful.
Susannah and I got off the bus at our designated stop to switch furgons directly to Kelcyre (her new site-25 minutes from Permet) and to my final destination. We ended up getting picked up by this taxi driver who thought we were tourists. Each of us had 4-5 bags each, I don’t know what kind of sane tourist comes with that kind of luggage. It’s a common occurrence here though, since we obviously look foreign. My new favorite line to respond with is “Une jam vullnetare, nuk kam lek!” (I am a volunteer, I don’t have money)
Once he realized we were volunteers he told us he knew the other volunteer that is located in Kelcyre. He was also a taxi driver, which is more expensive than furgons. With all our bags however, we decided to take him up on his offer. Taxi for volunteers in his words- “ska problem.” (no problem)
After shoving all of our bags in the trunk we couldn’t close it. Lets just strap that down with a spare rope that he has laying around in his trunk for such occasions. “Ska problem.”
Driving along we end up hitting the inevitable pot holes that are everywhere. What do you know, his hubcap comes flying off after one of them. No worries, let’s just screech to a halt and run into the ditch to retrieve it. “ska problem.”
Love my new place and it was such a great feeling to unpack. I am on a water schedule for the summer so I only have water from 6-8:30am, 12-2:30 and 6-8:30pm.
Friday evening was my first night officially in Permet. Maayan, Liila, myself, and two Brazilian soccer players were in charge of judging a talent show. It was a great turnout and had every event from arm wrestling to singing to drawing people. We picked a winner for the drawing category and ended up making an Albanian woman extremely mad. Almost getting beat up my an Albanian mom, “ska problem.”
Monday was my first day of work and it consisted of visiting with my coworkers at the health center and having a coffee break. I use the term visiting very loosely, it was more them talking, me half nodding, and them laughing. Thankfully they have worked with a volunteer before and they know it will take a little while before I get the language down. “avash, avash, ska problem.”
I learned my first weekend at my apartment that I had a guest. Wood eating worms in my bedroom dresser. Gross. Loud. And very Annoying. It literally sounds like something is chomping away at the wood and they are louder than you would think. Until I figure out how to get rid of it, I have decided it is my pet and it’s name is Chuck. I may be getting lonely here, I think I should probably spend some more time outside. I am glad I brought ear plugs so I can sleep without hearing Chuck getting fatter. “ska problem”
Tuesday my mouse pad on my computer quit working. Technology frustrates me to no end and usually I have no patience with this. I am working on letting the computer/gadget problems roll off my back. I figured out the problem without getting too frustrated and fixed it- hold down fn and f9. “ska problem.”
Wednesday I woke up with no power. Okay, I guess I can get ready in the dark. I did manage to monkey around outside my building and figure out how to switch the breaker back on to my apartment. “Ska problem.”
Wednesday evening I have come to the conclusion that my water heater doesn’t work. Tomorrow’s challenge is figuring out how to tell my landlord that I need that fixed. There is no “ska problem” here, cold showers are miserable and I don’t think I could ever get used to that!