I really haven’t been very clear about the process of the Peace Corps but it occurs to me that many may not actually know that I’m not yet a PC Volunteer….I’m just a ‘trainee’.  This ‘homestay’ period is a time of training and preparation before we actually move to site for service.  It has been a very intense time, full of new experiences and good friends.  Swearing in ceremony will be Thanksgiving day when I actually become a volunteer and the following day will move to my service site in Kriva Palanka.  My new apartment will be the top floor of a house with an outside entrance.  It has a living room, bedroom, bathroom and tiny kitchen–I will post pictures when I get back on-line with my own computer and am not using a public internet cafe.  My apologies that this is one of the more ‘boring’ posts’ but I promise to get back in the swing with detailed descriptions when I’m able to do so.  Hugs to all.


10 responses to “Logistics

  1. I think I have read everything you posted but I still do not know what you will be doing; what kind of work? I have to admit I was surprised and proud of you, you are amazing. This is not something I would have attempted. I struggle with English let alone another language AND IT IS COLD where you are! Sad but when I go up front I still think I should stop by and say hi to you. I love reading you post and looking at the beautiful pictures. It is so easy to think the rest of the world is like here but your pictures confirm it is not. Americans are so lucky.
    Terri and I are the same, sad but true. Some things never change. This past year we have raised 11 baby ducks that will now not go away. 3 baby opossums and we have a too friendly raccoon. We save one cat from starving and then found her a good home. All in all we have had a good summer. It is finally fall and the high temps have dropped to a more tolerable 80 degrees with mid 60’s at night. If I should write to you in a different manner please let me know. If I wrote to much let me know tht too.
    Take care,

  2. Hi Linda,
    I’ll be thinking about you on Thanksgiving day as we enjoy our turkey dinner. One of my most memorable Thanksgiving dinners was at your house as we went around the table sharing what we were thankful for. One of those things, then and now, is you! Take care, my friend.

  3. Hi Linda,
    Just got caught up on your blog (I should be doing expenses). 🙂 What an exciting journey. Reading your stories made me feel as if I was there with you. Again, I am so proud of you. Keep the stories coming. Let me know if you need a warm hat or gloves!! We have plenty here in the NE. Email me your address – would love to send you some. The girls are great. Kayleigh just started sleeping thru the night. Which made working a challenge but I made it thru. Ry is beautiful both inside and out.

    Thinking of you!!!

  4. Every explanation that you give is enlightening–even if I will never boil peppers. 🙂
    Thanks for filling us in on the process and the details. Will your apartment have heat for the winter?
    You are in our prayers!

  5. Well allow me to catch you up on the pressing news of the day. Old Congress is acting like idiots which is nice prep for new Congress who will doubtless do the same. Lindsay Lohan hasn’t been in the news so I assume she is in jail. Miami Heat lost, again, to the Celtics, much to the glee of everyone outside Dade county. Weather here in NE is fabulous, 60s full sun, sweater weather!! Retailers cautiously optimistic for holiday selling season. Hmmm what else….I’m going to Elmira NY next week on business, so life in the fast lane as always. I think I told you I had a 60th surprise party–old people are tragically easy to fool but it was a lot of fun.

    Ok, I will gather more info for next time!! Love you chickie.

  6. Gee, what more can I add to all these replies! It appears that all of us will be thankful on Thanksgiving for having you in our lives — even tho far away.

  7. is the reason you guys are there to switch Macedonia to a democracy? from communism? was telling a friend about your new life, wanna get it right! HUGS!!

  8. Hey Mom,
    Sorry I missed your call today. I was flying. I was so glad to hear that you are doing well. I’m excited that you’ll be getting your new place soon and have better internet access.
    Jayne and I are doing well. Looking forward to the holidays but we will miss you. I hope to talk to you soon. Love you mom.

  9. Linda Winnie Towne

    What will you be dining on this Thanksgiving Eg? Sounds like the food will be different but the spirits will be very similar! 🙂 Will think of you and be saying a “thank you” for one of the most adventurous friends in my life! Like your other friends, let me know if you would like me to send warm clothes or anything! Love you woman! Win

  10. Hi Linda,
    Carole sent me your blog link and I went back and read everything. I am so impressed with all that you’re doing Linda. Learning a new language is a daunting task. The language looks very similar to Russian (not that I can speak Russian – I have a barely working knowledge of English as it is). I will be following your adventures and will be thinking of you on Thanksgiving when you become an official Peace Corps volunteer.

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