After vacation, there is usually a wave of nostalgia for returning home. You can sleep in your own bed again. No more living out of a suitcase and eating out for every meal. I am almost always a culprit of these very feelings, but now there is a small adjustment period as well. It takes a few days to settle back into my Albanian life. Most things don’t bother me here until I have been in a first world country again and am reminded what I am missing. Luckily, it doesn’t take long to quit thinking about these luxuries and readjust!
Thankfully, work has been busy lately so my mind has been completely focused on that. I am currently applying to start a GLOW (Girls leading our World) partnership so that I can have a camp in Permet this summer. When I was teaching in the schools, I was lucky enough to have the help of the School Psychologist. She is only a few years older and graduated from the University in Tirana a year ago. She also speaks English (pause so that we can all jump for joy!). I realized that she would be the perfect counterpart to start working with for the GLOW committee. She is also coming to the PC conference with me next week. We will be learning the ins and outs to coming up with and writing a project grant in Albania. Side not: I will also have another Language exam at this conference (pause for freaking out). I am looking forward to working with her and am excited about the possibilities of our future projects.
For those of you that know me, you know that I am usually a very healthy eater. I also tend to put more than a normal amount of interest into exercising. But that’s okay, who is actually normal anyway?! So, truth be told, one of my favorite parts about returning home after vacation is feeling healthy again. Eating well and exercising make me into a much happier person. I ran quite a bit when I was in PST and living in Pajove with a host family. I had to do something to get through language classes for five hours a day. And as they say, exercise releases endorphins! I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t gotten into a steady running schedule since moving to Permet. This last week, I decided I needed to change that. I set out with my ipod and a positive attitude. I returned half an hour later, gasping for breath and barely able to walk for the next two days. It won’t take long to get back into running shape, it can just be a little painful to get there! But, I have all of Permet talking about how the other American is running so I can’t quit now!