Friday Gratitude:

“‘I hope you don’t quit,’ he said. ‘I think we’re goin to need all of you we can get.'” — Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

Lately, my web traffic from France has been booming. I’m not sure why, but … Bonjour, French readers! Bienvenue!

I had a blast at my friend’s wedding in Tirana, Albania last weekend. Normally, I hate weddings, but this one was fun. PCVs know how to party. I participated in some circle dancing (very popular in Albanian culture!), but sometimes it got a little too hardcore for me. Check this out …

I was happy to spend the weekend traveling with my friends. 🙂 (Despite the fact that it was pouring rain in Tirana.)

Christian Val April
Christian, Val, and April visiting the National History Museum in Tirana, Albania.
Sierra April Chelsea Sam Christian
The family looking fancy: Sierra, April, Chelsea, Sam and Christian before the wedding.
Todd April Stephanee
At the wedding: Todd, April, and Stephanee

Media consumption this week:

  • No Country for Old Men is one of my all-time favorite movies, but I’d never read the book by Cormac McCarthy (so I did). The movie faithfully followed the book, so much so that when I was reading, the movie was playing in my head.

This is the 52nd book I’ve read this year, so I hit my goal of reading one book per week! (Not that I’m going to stop reading.)

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Yesterday, I went to Rachel’s school. Christian, Tim, and I were judges for her school’s poetry recitation competition. (P.S. All three of them are volunteers.) (P.P.S. I am helping to organize the national poetry recitation competition next month.)

April Christian Tim
April, Christian, Tim

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I was talking to my sister a few days ago and she mentioned Thanksgiving is next week. I was like, “whaaaaat?!” So soon?

With the holidays coming up, if you’d like to send me a holiday card *cough, cough* you can reach me here:

April Gardner
Peace Corps
Str. Mujo Ulqinaku No. 3
10000 Pristina
Kosovo

Hope you all have a great weekend and a great upcoming holiday week. Talk to you on Monday.

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