Friday Gratitude: Looking Ahead

We are rapidly approaching my cohort’s one-year anniversary in Kosovo AND the arrival of the next group of volunteers. It is wild to even think about!

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One of the schools where I teach just got new playground equipment. Previously, all the students had was an old volleyball net, basketball backboards without nets, and an empty yard. Now they’ve got a new volleyball net, functioning basketball hoops, monkey bars, a swingset, a swing tire, a slide, and a seesaw.

I showed up to school one day and it was like this equipment had just appeared overnight. I asked about it, and learned it was donated by families of Kosovars living abroad. I feel like this playground is a great reminder of what life in Kosovo is like … full of surprises. You never know when a playground is going to drop out of the sky.

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Only three more weeks left of the school year … 🙂

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Media Consumption this week:

  • I’m not usually a big movie or TV consumer, but this week, I re-watched two full-length films: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (my favorite of the HP books and films), and Shakespeare in Love. I much prefer Joseph Fiennes as love-struck Shakespeare than the creep he plays on Handmaid’s Tale (which I also caught up on this week).
  • I finished a book I had picked up from the Peace Corps library: The Bastard of Istanbul. After a promising first chapter, the point of view switches from the book’s most interesting and vibrant character to those of other, less interesting people. Much of the book centers on the political and philosophical ideologies of its characters, and their long-winded discussions. I hate that. If an author has certain views, why doesn’t he or she just write an essay?

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My Peace Corps friends, Chester and Charlie, have launched an ambitious project, called Faces of Kosovo. Similar to the popular “Humans of New York,” this project offers a way for Kosovars to share their personal stories. If you are interested to learn more, please follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FacesofKosovo/

Have a good weekend, everyone! I’ll talk to you on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of next week.

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