Today is Mărțișor which is celebrated as the first day of spring in Romania and I think it’s an awesome holiday just because of the promise that spring is right around the corner even if that corner is over a month long. That’s okay. Last year I wrote a post about this holiday that you can read here. To read more about the traditions you can also read the wikidpedia page here.
The weather, in fact, has been getting warmer and hovering in the low 40s this week with a forecasted dip back into the 20s this weekend. I’m really hoping that by next week I can pack away the parka and snowboots.
Dear awesome friends and family. The time of year when I ask you for your help has come back around. We have just launched the PCPP grant to fund our very last PC partnered GLOW/TOBE camps that will take place this summer. It is very bittersweet to know that PC will no longer play a part in this amazing camp for teenagers but I know that between the amazing people at our partner NGO Scoala Pentru Viata and all of the great participants from last summers Training of Trainers Workshops, I know that the GLOW and TOBE spirit will not die out in Romania.
Please click on the link below and donate anything that you can to help me finish my service and Peace Corps finish it’s service in Romania with a bang! Plus, it’s tax deductible!
For those of you who haven’t seen my Facebook post or are not friends with me on facebook, I would like to announce that I just received my first acceptance letter to graduate school. It is from The University College of Dublin in the field of Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict. I am beyond ecstatic considering this could not have come at a better time. I have not been myself lately and have been having many personal issues that all just boiled up yesterday and I had an absolutely awful day. One of, if not my lowest day in my entire service.
I am so happy that a huge stress has been lifted off of my shoulders and I now know what I will be doing with my life after July 2, 2013. Those of you that know me, know how huge of a planner I am and the fact that yesterday, I had no idea what I was going to do 4 months from now was stressing me out greatly.
Anyways, just wanted to let you all know that I will be staying in Europe for at least 2 more years.
Thanks to everyone that has believed in me. You are all absolutely amazing!
Badnja Vece (Christmas Eve in Serbian) has always been my favorite day of the year, that being January 6th not December 24th. After the past two Christmases spent in Singeorz-Bai, I have realized that the 24th is always one of my favorite days of the year and it is thanks to my students and them showing me the wonderful traditions that come with this day.
Romanians have a lovely tradition of caroling for the night of Christmas Eve that starts sometime after dinner and can go as late as the next morning. They as friends, family, or classmates, go from house to house caroling where they are then invited inside for a drink, treat, and some great company. I spent this particular night at my house with Robert waiting for my students to come caroling. We bought the drinks, I made about 150 brownies, and we were ready just in time when the first class showed up around 8pm. I was visited by almost all of the classes that I teach as well as last year’s 12A class that has graduated and is on to college. The last group that came was the current 12A that stayed until about 1am. The whole night was an absolute blast and I am so happy that I decided to stay at home and spend this holiday with my kids.
We are in town until the 27th when we head off to Sighetu Marmatiei to meet up with Anthony at Kevin’s site to celebrate the holidays Maramures style!
Va pup si va doresc un craciun fericit!