It is hard to believe that it is Easter today back in the states. I almost forgot to be honest, but I do miss my family and wish that I could have been back home to celebrate with them. So of my favorite childhood memories are searching for eggs in my aunts backyard back in the day with all my cousins. We lost an hour last night due to daylight savings, so that threw me off a bit. Now I am 8 hours ahead of those of you back in Colorado. It makes chatting very difficult because I only can access the internet on Tuesday and Friday until around 5pm. And I can only access the internet when I am on breaks from the trainings that we have all day long. I wish I could speak with everyone more, but right now I am so busy!
Today was a very eventful day and my one day off for the past week, so I took advantage! I met some of my volunteer friends in the morning for kafe. After coffee a couple of the girls decided to bake cookies (and I brought measuring cups – yay!). Our cookies came out a little strange… more like one giant cookie that had a different taste. Embrace the chaos right. I think we may have bought some other ingredient instead of butters –whoops. We’ll eventually get it right! In the afternoon I went to another volunteers house for more coffee. It was fun because I got to speak with her host sister who speaks English very well! I showed one of my neighbor children how to hula hoop today too and that was extremely adorable. I have found that there is a lot of supplies to make hoops around here, so I will hafta do that! I definitely want to make some hoops for the village kids to play with around here. It would be great exercise!! I did my laundry for the first time today as well and that was also interesting. I accidently turned all of my whites blue… I am not exactly sure how that happened, but it is just another whoops for the day. It was pretty funny to see some of my clothes and my tie-dye tapestry hanging from my host family’s house.
I spoke more with my host family and showed them pictures of the 14ers I have climbed and some of the different vacations that I have been on. We are beginning to have a lot more interaction and I am very happy about this, but I am still having a hard time understanding a lot. My Albanian dictionary is my best friend right now. avash avash. I know that I will not fully learn the language in 3 months, but I am going to get better in time! There is no point in stressing myself out about it. I have decided that I will use my teachers for tutoring sessions after class at least a couple times a week. I think they can help me with my pronunciation – right now that is what I am having a really hard time with.