Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Here are some things that don't happen very often when I was teaching in the United States:

1. Everyone cheered when the city heat turned on in our building. Yesterday I was wearing thermals under my pants and two sweaters and I was still cold. I found it interesting that I had a group of 10 eighth grade boys cheering, because they would finally be warm.

2. We had to bring the students inside early today during recess, because there was a protest. People were marching down the street and gun shots rang in the air as they showered their angry cries. Oh, they were headed for the building across the street, which is the UNMIX building, and I don't know all the facts, but I know enough to realize that the Albanian Kosovars are really upset at them.

3. I had a student with a bloody nose (which isn't that unusual) except that she came back to my room because there was no toilet paper in the bathrooms to help her. I had to give her the tissues from my purse. In fact, it is not uncommon to have no toilet paper or paper towels in these bathrooms.

Just something to make you appreciate living in the states. My husband is having a hard time here and I don't even know how long we will be staying here. It makes me sad...

3 comments:

Amanda said...

How long did you plan to stay when you went there? I am still amazed that you live in Kosovo. Who would have though?

Travelin' Tracy said...

we signed a two year contract which we decided we would only fulfill for a year. However, he is really miserable and it is effecting him physically and emotionally. I think it was too big a change for him, since he had never really even traveled outside the US...anyhow, I think we will be going home in December. In our contract we can give them a month's notice. So sadly, we will leave the students in the middle of the year. However, I am looking at it as a health issue for him and it is just better for him and our marriage for us to return home. You know?

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