Friday Gratitude: Just a Little

I’ll admit, I’ve been feeling down lately. I think it’s a combination of re-adjusting to life after vacation, a few disagreements with my host family, the frigid/snowy weather (I hear you guys back in the States are having a mild winter. Must be nice!), and starting a new year in Kosovo (what to do after Peace Corps has been weighing on my mind lately, even though the end is a year and a half away).

If anything helped to cheer me up this week, it was that my care package from my parents finally showed up! (After two months.) (Also, this may be the girliest care package ever.)

Media consumption this week:

  • I re-read Faithful Place. Why can’t all novels be written by Tana French?
  • I finished The Buddha and the Borderline, about a woman’s struggle living with Borderline Personality Disorder. I found this to be an insightful read, though if you’re not a mental health professional (or diagnosed with BPD or know someone who is), this may not interest you.

Two of my friends/fellow Peace Corps Volunteers have posted interesting projects that I wanted to share:

  • Sierra is working with her host family to create videos showing how to make traditional Kosovar foods. I especially liked her baklava video. I also have a new appreciation for baklava. I had no idea it was so time consuming to make! You can watch the video here.
  • Val launched a blog called Balkan Book Reviews, where she is writing reviews of books that specifically have to do with the Balkans.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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