Thursday, July 8, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I arrived in Romania a year ago today and what a year it has been. The one thing that I have learned it that no matter what Peace Corps country you are in there are always going to be challenges. I may not be in the middle of Africa or on some island in the middle of the ocean but I am no less isolated. My site mates will be gone and though the nearest American is only about 4 hours away it is too difficult to get there. Yes I have many of the amenities I had in the US but I still have to make all my own food, I have to light my stove and oven by hand. Despite to physically being in the middle of nowhere I am still in the middle of nowhere.
In the last year I have gone through so much and it all seems to have happened so fast and yet moments I thought things would never end. I have dealt with crazed students; compete technology break downs and countless other problems. I don’t think anyone could ever expect what it is like to live in a world not your own. The loss of language and culture is nothing that can be prepared for. I thought that I could manage just fine out here all alone. I guess you never know how you will react to a situation until you are in it.
I have learned more than I ever thought I could here. Kids are kids no matter what country you’re in and life does not stop just because you’re a world away from everything you know. This is an endurance test like nothing found in the world. In Romania the hardest thing is not being able to see the difference you are making and accepting that you can only measure your success by how your work changes you. A year ago I was a different person and a year from now I will be a different person then I am now. No matter the hardships and the time when I wish I could just go home I will never regret my life here. I am livng in the middle of nowhere and in 13 months I will return to a world I no longer understand.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
thousands of miles form everything you know and from everyone you know. In a place where simple problems are not so simple anymore. You have to remember that you never know how you are going to react to a situation until you are in it. Some of us find that we can't take it and we have to turn back, others find that despite the hardship something in us will not let us give up.
Me I have been through so much in the past 12 months from the site visit from hell and the changing of sites to mass electronic failure that resulted in a new computer and more problems. However no mater how many times I thought that this was going to be the end, that I just was going to give up and go home I stayed. Something in me kept telling me no you are not giving up on this not because of this. So here I am still climbing that mountain not yet ready to take the easy way out.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
The moral of the story: For PCV’s living in third world European countries like Romania it is better to trust the electronics people where you work. Why because at least in Romania most people do not understand that having a pirated form of a computer software is illegal in most countries but that it is wrong to steel. Unfortunately among the common people of Romania this idea has not caught on. This is in part because some laws are not enforced. I suspect this enforcement will come with time.
The other moral to this story is: When in foreign counties where you plan to stay for long periods of time, be very careful with your electronics. As for me I have gotten everything working to the extent that it will work. I have just under 14 months before I will return to the USA and school ends in a few weeks.