Wednesday, March 20, 2013
1st Day in Albania!!!
Hey there! I am writing this blog in a very VERY tired state. It is only 7:44pm here, but the jet lag is pretty darn intense. I slept really well on the plane..which made some volunteers a little jealous (hah), but I am still inevitably jet-lagged as ever. There are 34 of us volunteers here in Elbasan, Albania now, and I am so excited and happy to be here with them. After getting off the plane, we took a 3 hour bus ride from Tirana to Elbasan. The views were incredible. There were big mountains covered with snow, grassy fields, the ocean, and a lot of cool little stone houses, chicken, cows, and goats. We arrived at a hotel in Elbasan, where we continued to get a tour of the city (got to walk in a real castle!) from a local, and another PCV who is stationed in Elbasan. Following the tour we ate a meal of pickled vegetables, some type of porridge, and chicken in lemon sauce. During this meal we got to hear from the mayor of Elbasan and the PC staff. We also received our in country cell phones. Our schedules are already super full and we get to meet lur host families on Saturday! My host parents are teachers who live near the Librazhd city center. I'm sorry if this entry is vague and non-descriptive, but I'm exhausted. Time for bed. Also, for some reason I'm 1 of only 2 volunteers that can get online so far so...it's pretty cool I got to post this. Naten e mire!