Meeting My (First) Albanian Host Family

After orientation in Tirana, I travel to Librazhd and meet my Pre-Service Training host family for the first time! Long story short, it’s a day filled with ups and downs as the reality of Peace Corps hits me all at once and I experience an embarrassing mini-meltdown.

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:26pm

Whew. It’s been such a long day, and there are so many things to write about that I hardly know where to begin. May as well start from the beginning of the day.

By 8:30am, everyone had eaten breakfast, gathered for a picture, and packed into the bus for our departure to Elbasan. The ride itself was very stop and start along twisty, narrow roads, and we drove up into the mountains almost the entire time.

When we arrived at the hotel in Elbasan, we headed straight into language training. I’m afraid not much of it really sunk in – I was way too overwhelmed to categorically put new words into my short term memory bank. After the language class, everyone filed upstairs to a dining area to meet our host families and share our first meal together.

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