I want to say it really bites—but how big a complainer should I really be? After all I was originally scheduled for sub-Saharan Africa where electricity and running water would likely have been an issue! So I’m grateful to be able to stay in touch at all, and I’m especially grateful for the posts & e-mails that I do receive from friends and family. You keep me motivated! I’m currently at another volunteer’s house where they actually bought a 3-month internet contract and had it installed in their house. Smart people! And generous of them to share!
Last night Nada and I went for a walk in the town. She seems to enjoy introducing her resident American to all her friends, and I’m enjoying the fact that I can now understand some of what is being said! One shop keeper gave me a pair of earrings—no charge. Everyone is really nice to me and it was a beautiful evening; the leaves are changing and the mountainside is getting colorful. Of course that also signals….cold weather.
It’s supposed to go down to -4C on Friday and I’m not going to lie—this Floridian is a little scared. Some of my northern friends are laughing at me now, and that’s just fine. Somebody please tell me an easy way to convert C to F so I can understand it and maybe I won’t be quite as intimidated—or maybe it just won’t matter, I don’t know. OK, enough whining!
This past Sunday I got to harvest grapes. It was a beautiful sunny day on the mountain and although I’ve enjoyed more than my fair share of wine, I’d never worked in a vineyard before. I’m really hoping somewhere along the line I’ll learn how to MAKE the wine, but I haven’t yet. You are all going to think I’ve come to Macedonia to be a farm-worker, but really I’m just being part of the family and pitching in to help friends. We also walked a ways down the road and saw the monastery of Saint Elijah and I’ll post pictures when I get internet access and can upload them.
Today most of us in my group helped dig a drain and lay concrete up at the Kratovo School. This project was started by 2 of the Peace Corps Volunteers that have been here for 2 years and are about to go home. We were there trying to help finish the project before they cycle back state-side. It’s kind of fun to see some things other PC Volunteer have actually accomplished.
This Saturday is ‘Field Day’ in the capitol city of Skopje where the MAK 13s (who are going home next month), the MAK 14s (who are mid-service) and the MAK 15s (my group of Trainees) will meet and enjoy a day of getting to know each other and (as I understand it) friendly competition. I’ll bring my camera……