Today officially marks 6 months since I have lived in Kosovo! (I moved here June 5, 2016.)
We (volunteers) each have our own methods for marking the time here. Some people are counting down until service ends, others are counting how many days we’ve been in-country. As for me, I’ve been thinking of my time in quarters:
- June 5 – December 5, 2016 = 1st quarter
- December 6, 2016 – June 5, 2017 = 2nd quarter
- June 6 – December 5, 2017 = 3rd quarter
- December 6, 2017 – July or August (?) 2018 = 4th quarter
The only problem with my system is that my fourth quarter is longer than the other quarters. My COS (close-of-service) date will be sometime in July or August of 2018, but I won’t have the exact date for a while.
It is wild to think 1/4 of my time here in Kosovo is already gone!
I am a bit nervous heading into Quarter 2. In some ways, I think it’s going to be the toughest. The power cuts out in my village fairly frequently. I can sort of mentally deal with it now, because I’ve had/still have exciting trips and things to look forward to. But I know — after the new year — January, February, and March are going to seem looooong.
I keep reminding myself that I did, in fact, sign up for this. When reading country descriptions while applying for Peace Corps, Africa was described as “hot, and not as much privacy as Americans are used to.” Eastern Europe was described as “cold and isolating.” Given that I’m an introverted Midwesterner, I figured I could more easily manage the challenges Eastern Europe would offer. Now, it’s time to face the decision I made.