As you can probably tell, times are a changin' for the Armstrongs over here in Macedonia! I am usually the type of person to grin and bear whatever comes my way (albiet with complaining to my nearest and dearest.) This is our life, a life of constant change. But this time...this time, for some reason, I am having a HARD time with our life changes. I've decided that I'll just embrace it. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but it is what it is. I just can't seem to find my groove here in Macedonia. One of my dear friends that I met in Bulgaria VERY early on (who is still living there) keeps reminding me of our weird/wild first months in Bulgaria. They were STRANGE and WEIRD for sure! But I still appreciate those times, they were all part of the process. With this move, I was not prepared AT ALL! We had no time and I truely believe that is why it's so hard this time around.
There are many great things about this country. The people are SO nice and welcoming! For instance, check out all of this produce that was given to by neighbors and co-workers.
We also have been gifted home made Ajvar from our neighbor. This time of year Macedonian's start preparing for the winter and jarring all of the lovely fresh produce. Ajvar is a mix of roasted red peppers and eggplant. I think it's delish on a piece of bread!
The old train station turned museum. I think it is fascinating that the clock on the building stopped at the exact time that the Great Earthquake of 1963 that essentially leveled the city.
So there you have it. I still must post about our fabulous trip to Ireland with friends from D.C., next week maybe.
For now, I hope everyone has a great weekend!!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
So our shipment of things arrived from Bulgaria yesterday and Matt and I took the day off from work to receive the items and get organized. Our total shipment weighed one half of what we are actually allotted and all I could think is 'how in the world do we have SO much stuff?!?!'. This is what it looked like just after the movers left.
Above is Matt. I asked him why he smiled for the photo because what we had to do was NOT fun. He said he was happy to have our stuff. So sweet. Ha. I was NOT smiling. It's so hard to make a house a home! And I am so freaking anal about being perfectly organized. I want to put things away correctly. Anyway, this is what the house looks like tonight after one full day and one evening of unpacking.
Andlike I said, this is after SO MUCh work. But we are making progress which is a good thing since we have our first visitor this weekend. Yikes!