This is my room mate and I partaking of the trademark of hospitality–bread and salt. the Salt was sort of powdery orange and not the normal white granuals we’re used to seeing. Sorry I cut off the 2 people in the traditional costumes on the left–after traveling for 3 days I wasn’t thinking too clearly!
Every day we spend hours in this room trying to figure out what they’re trying to tell us about the language, culture, safety, etc. I have to admit the language training is excellent, but the chairs get a little hard –or maybe I’m confusing my Head with my Ass 🙂
Me in the town square in Kumonovo in front of the famous statue referred to in yesterday’s blog. Those of you that read yesterday’s blog will be happy to hear that lunch was uneventful as they took a count of vegetarian meals required in the morning. I still haven’t caught up on sleep, but hey–it’s exciting times! Today we learned to say hello, my name is_______, I am from America_____ and you? Me also! Good! and Thank you. Not yet ready for prime time, but we’ll be assigned to families on Friday.
When I get my family I don’t know if I will have internet access or not, but I’ll try my best to keep the blog going–thanks to everyone who has made comments. The feedback has been so good that I want to give you more….
We received our medical kits today–they are the size of a small airline carry-on bag! I might be able to equip my village if it’s a small one, but I have to remember that I’ll be there for 2 years, and I might actually need more than one band-aide during that time. Right on top were the condoms…you’ll be glad to know your tax dollars are helping to keep me safe. Now if I could only request your tax dollars to find me someone to go with the condoms……
Back to serious…. we were informed today that we should never put ourselves in a situation where we’re alone with someone of the opposite gender. If a male PC volunteer invites a female to his apt. she will think he’s ‘playing for keeps’. And a woman should never put herself alone with a man…for safety reasons. Now from my point of view–until I know the language, the person, and the culture, this is only common sense. I feel pretty able to defend myself against assault (thank you Dan Fernandez for years of aikido training) but it just seems an unnecessary risk as ‘newbies’ in the country. Still, there are those that wouldn’t have the benefit of my 54 years and world-travel experience, so thank you PC for coaching everyone in my group on a smarter way to be!
Much Love and gratitude,
Leenda–as my name will be pronounced in Macedonian