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Message From Obama

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Just wanted to share. No big got a personalized letter aka me and 10,000 other people from Barack and Michelle. Thanks Obama family!

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Things I Miss

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So I’ve been thinking about the fact that I’ve got 6 months left at site and about all the things I will be able to experience again when I make it back to the US. These are the random things I’ve been missing lately

1. Sports. Mainly being awake during sports games so I can actually watch them and not 8 hours ahead.

  • MLB
  • NCAA Basketball
  • NFL

2. Being able to  just go over and hang out with friends and just relax. Yes I have friends here but it just isn’t the same.

3. Driving. I hate driving but I like the accessibility of everything when you can drive.

4. Not having to go into the nearest city to get random errands done like get new glasses or get something notarized.

5. Going to the mall and not having to plan a weekend trip just to do it.

6. Sliced turkey breast.

That is all, so not too bad. We are about to start the last week of school which means finishing up with grades and watching the caroling competition on Friday. I’m pretty excited about the winter break because it will consist of going to Maramures, spending new years eve in Cluj, heading to Budapest for a few days, and then to Novi Sad for Christmas. Pretty excited 🙂

Impact Bistrita

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This past Tuesday, I along with Loredana and the English Inspector were invited as guests on an hour long talk show called IMPACT Bistrita. We were asked to talk about the PDM training that was to occur and to speak about volunteerism. The whole thing is in Romanian and I was really nervous and kind of disappointed with my language skills due to the fact of nervousness. It ended up turning out pretty well and I’ve decided to share it. I know most of you don’t understand Romanian so this is mainly serving as a placeholder for me personally.

 

My List

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I have so much to be thankful for this year I don’t even know where to start.

 

1. I am thankful for the amazing opportunities that I have received since being in the Peace Corps.

2. I am thankful for all of the AMAZING people that I have met throughout all of my adventures.

3. I am thankful for the PC staff in Bucharest that has been there for me every single time.

4. I am thankful for my PC family. I love every single one of you so much!

5. I am thankful for all of my friends at site, you truly make Singeorz the best place on earth!

6. I am thankful for my students. I absolutely adore them and they make school so much fun for me.

7. I am thankful for all of my friends back at home. Even though we don’t talk very much, I know that you are always with me and have my back.

8. I am thankful for my family especially my parents. My mom and dad are beyond awesome and really look out for me in every aspect of my life and I am so grateful that I have such loving and caring parents.

9. I am thankful for the wonderful Thanksgiving meal I’m going to get to enjoy on Saturday night even though I will have to travel about 12 hours one way to get to it!

10. Finally, I am thankful for my mental and physical health. I’m happy that I have yet to go crazy, fully!

On a separate note, today I, with the help of Mary, held a 4 hour long workshop about project design and management and my county inspector’s office to about 25 English teachers from within the county. I was extremely nervous at first but it all turned out to be great and I think they learned a lot from it. I have yet to go through the formal evaluations but the ones that I did skim, looked fairly positive.

I am glad this stressful week of hell is over with. I am done with giving out term papers, grading stuff, planning for this presentation, and all of the above. Friday is looking to be a fairly easy day at school with only one class, I have a birthday party friday night for one of my favorite students and then Saturday bright and early I am off to Odorheiu Secuiesc to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my amazing fellow volunteers.

Once again,

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and I am very thankful for each and every one of you.

 

22 de Ani de Pace si Prietenie

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22 de Ani de Pace si Prietenie

Twenty-two years of peace and friendship is what was celebrated this past week. The American Ambassador to Romania, Mark Gitenstein and his wife were kind enough to open their home to the Peace Corps Romania organization and about 300 other guests as we celebrated the legacy of our wonderful organization within the country. Since the Ambassador will be leaving in November, he decided to throw us a celebration honoring everyone’s hard work and it was quite the celebration. The gala event was set up as a booth/around the country event. Volunteers were asked to submit ideas for a booth that could showcase their projects/areas/towns/schools/etc.

In the end, we had 11 booths that ranged from showcasing legacy projects, wine tasting, compost education, and assisting the blind. I was one of the volunteers that had a booth that showcased my region, specifically the folklore ensemble in town.  About 15 students, 4 teachers, and my mayor all made the trip down to Bucharest for this event. My students were the lucky ones and got to perform at the main event before all of the speeches and they did an amazing job.  I wish I would have been able to go around and see the different booths and see most of the other volunteers for that matter.

This event required so much work and preparation that I am happy it is finally over and was a success. Throughout the night the students helped with my booth and  stamped visitors’ “passports” and gave out tastes of our locally made tuica (plum brandy). They also got to meet the ambassador, his wife Libby, and my country director, Sheila.

After the event, I headed back to the hostel my students were staying at so my girls could take the ridiculously heavy 10lb traditional Romanian costume off of me. Some of the students and teachers went out to a cafe where we got a chance to relax, and talk about what the hell i’m going to do after this experience which was not pleasant. The more I think about it, about leaving Romania, leaving my new friends and family, leaving Singeorz, and most of all, leaving my kids, the more I get overwhelmed with grief. It is something that I have already started tearing up about whenever mentioned and I am sure it will get progressively worse over the next 10 months.

Friday morning, we all met up at the PC office to have breakfast and to meet with the two individuals that came from DC to help with our event. One was Tory, the desk officer. He is the liaison between the country directors and PC headquarters for most of Eastern Europe. The second individual that came was Alisia, she is the white house liaison for PC. It was nice getting to know them a little bit and hearing how life is like on the other side of organization. Since I was still recovering from all of the exhaustion of the event, I decided to stay an extra day in Bucharest and hang out with some of my favorite volunteers since I won’t get to see them anytime soon.

I am finally back home and ready to conquer another week of school, or in my case half of a week of school. I will be in school until Wednesday. Wednesday night I will be hopping on a train with the ultimate destination of Chisinau, Moldova. The GLOW directors in Moldova asked me if I could come to their director’s meeting to discuss the various successes that we have had with GLOW Romania and to see if we can get their GLOW program stronger. I’m really excited about this trip since I have never been to Moldova and I am excited to see one of the pcvs that was at the TTT training this summer.

Below is the video of my ensemble’s performance and the link to the album.

Until next time, 
Va pup!
 
 

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