Shumë Mirë. ( Very good ! )

I am tired and it has been a long first week of training in Albania. However I am incredibly lucky.

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Tomorrow I embrace the awkward.

I am spending time with other volunteers so I don’t want to be blogging too long .

Orientation has been a whirlwind. It has included language lessons, briefings on safety, medical, introductory meetings with program staff, and some baby steps of walking around and talking to Albanians. We have been staying in a wonderful hotel in our central training city, known in peace corps terms as a hub city.

Tomorrow afternoon we leave for our host family sites that surround our hub city.

I most likely have even less access to internet. My host family city village is very small. I don’t know much else but my host family consists of a host mom, her 20 year old son who is a farmer and her 16 year old daughter who is a student. I’ll post more after I have spent some time there because now everything is inaccurate or hearsay.

The first few moments, or days, or weeks, or months with a host family can be uncomfortable and awkward. Your knowledge of Albanian language and culture is limited and requires a willingness to be a total fool in front strangers.

Embrace the awkward, have a laugh , maybe a shot of raki and enjoy.

Welcome to Peace Corps Albania !

Friends, Family and Luggage

The last two weeks have been invovled with packing, visiting, tears, joy, anxiety and

The Joy of Friends and Family

everything in between.

Packing was a process and I ended up having to take less than I expected and I probably still ended up over-packing.  As I write this though from the airport gate both my checked bags weighed in at approximately 50 lbs or less.  For those who I spoke to this week know that this was a major source of anxiety.

Thank you to everyone who I was able to see and speak to these two weeks and all those who have supported before.  I am feeling extremely lucky to have such wonderful friends and family in my life.

I am off to DC for a night with some amazing planner friends who I admire and

adore.Tomorrow I’ll meet face to face with the Peace Corps Albania crew and then off to Albania!

Coming Soon!

This will be the future home of Lauren’s blog from Albany to Albania. Check back for updates soon.

From the amazing folks I worked with at NYS office of parks, recreation and historic preservation

Also, look at this awesome cake from the folks at NYS office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It was such an honor to work with them.


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