It’s been a wild ride of a last two weeks.
And I know I always say that. But, for various reasons that I won’t get into in detail here, the last two weeks have been some of the hardest mentally for me since I’ve been in Albania.
Through a variety of recent events, both unfortunate and wonderful, I have come to truly realize the individual nature of the Peace Corps journey. I have so many amazing friends here and feel a part of Lezhe in a way that has become comfortable over time. But, in the world of Peace Corps, you can’t ever share your life that well with someone else. It is an inherently singular experience. And, as an added challenge, small incidents magnified by living in a world that is unfamiliar quickly become big changes. Things come at you fast and you might not be prepared to take them on like you are used to.
Over the past two weeks or so life as I know it, as I have become used to here, has indeed changed a lot. Projects are ending, friends and colleagues have moved on as they finish their service and one of the people closest to me here has had to suddenly return to the States for medical attention for the foreseeable future.
As far as work and life in Lezhe go, I’m ironically feeling productive and comfortable as I’ve never felt before. I guess my mood is just a little bit of a mid-service slump if you will….and I feel it passing just as quickly as it came on. I’m thankful I’ve been given the time to reflect on my time here thus far, and what I want to do with the remaining months… and I promise I’ll have something more interesting to report when you hear from me next : )