First off, OMG, I am sorry for being a neglectful blogger. Sorry friends. Worst. Blogger. Ever. But truly, these last two weeks have flown by! So much has happened that I want to tell you about! So, hey, why don’t you stay awhile and pour yourself a beer or a cup of organic juice and I’ll tell ya…
I made luticka, which is a traditional Macedonian condiment. Macedonians make a variety of delicious spreads that all involve more or less of the following ingredients; peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, onion, garlic and parsley. This family of “bread slops” include ayvar, luticka and pinjur and maybe a few I haven’t been introduced to yet, but trust me I look forward to it and my crusty bread does too.
I went to TWO weddings last week! OPA! They were great fun! Macedonians love to dance “oro” which is like a giant line dance, except it is in a circle. Imagine all the Whoos in Whooville singing at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and you have the general oro formation. The oro lasts basically for the entire wedding and don’t be alarmed if a plate with a giant pig’s head or an American flag makes an appearance- it’s all part of the choreographed genius of oro.
I baked a pie. Apple. And it was damn good. The literal Macedonian description for pie is “lazy pita.” Huzzah!
My language group dressed up as Devo for Halloween. We made the hats out of construction paper and packing tape. The great part about making construction paper hats with community development volunteers is that, even in hat making, phrases such as “strategic scissor plan” and “load bearing tape” are still used. P.S. I was the lead singer in our rendition of Whip It at Hub Day.
I got my first taste of grant writing on an anti-discrimination project. The great part is that the org I work for really liked my ideas and I think I was able to suggest something that will be good for their organizational development, the bad part is that I think I may have planned the first Macedonian Diversity Day. EEK.
Um, Barack Obama is President. Did you know that? Well, it’s a good one so I thought I would mention it. It was pretty interesting talking about American politics for the past few weeks here. rust me, everyone was interested. I’m trying to be diplomatic about it. I am also kinda excited about the story of my lil ballot because it took a lot of teamwork just to get it to the US. Because I didn’t receive my absentee ballot (boo!) I had to print out an emergency write in ballot at the Women’s org. I gave it to Risto my Community Development Facilitator who took it to the Peace Corps Satellight office in Kumanovo. Once there he relayed it to my Training Director, Evelina, who took it to the main office in Skopje. At the Peace Corps Main Office, the Country Director mailed it along with the official PC mail to headquarters in D.C. What a journey for one vote! But, I would have felt a tad hypocritical looking at voter protection projects here if I hadn’t even cast a ballot.
So that’s the haps guys! It’s been pretty fun and I have been enjoying myself quite a bit. I’m going to go out with my fellow dobrovoltzi to celebrate the end of 8 years of having my soul punched (Bush Administration). Don’t worry, I’ll pour one out for all of you.