This past weekend there was a cross cultural festival in the nearby town, Kriva Palanka. Bulgaria and Macedonia partnered up to present differences in the traditional cuisine of the two countries. Each country prepared several different dishes and when the presenter finally said that the audience could start sampling the dishes everyone literally dove at the tables. The grandmas were pushing and blocking everyone else. I have never seen people act so viciously. It was like they had never seen food before. The food was gone within minutes. ]:
Yesterday all of the 8th graders celebrated their graduation by having a mini-prom. My village’s prom was being held at the local gas station/motel restaurant. Fancy. I declined the invitation to attend their prom due to the fact that I did not work with the 8th graders this year. Alas, I did not get out of prom this year. My site mate, Justin, invited me to attend his school’s prom as a chaperone. Upon arrival we were welcomed by several scandalously dressed thirteen and fourteen year olds. High heels, short dresses…and plaid shirts seemed to be all the rage. We took our seats at the teacher’s table where we were an open bar greeted us. After living in this country for a year and ten months nothing seems to phase me anymore. I am fully integrated into the culture and the norms. It wasn’t until Justin (a newer volunteer to the country), mentioned that it was strange that all of the teachers were drinking whisky and beer infront of all of the children. It’s funny that a year ago when I attended my first school Macedonian school prom, I thought the exact same thing. I remember being shy and feeling really awkward about it. But now, a year later, it is just business as usual. It’s funny how drastically my mindset had changed.
After several hours of dancing the oro and eating salad the prom came to an end (12:00am). All of the students and teachers headed to the disco club for the after party. The whole club was full of tiny kids holding beers and swaying awkwardly to the overly loud music. Some of the kids weren’t even tall enough to reach the bar, but the bartenders still handed them beers. lele. About an hour later the club started to empty out because it honestly was past their bedtime. They all looked exhausted. The teachers stayed and danced all night. Justin and I laughed that the teachers outlasted all of the kids. Go us. And now summer has begun.
My second grant project was the formation of an annual science fair at my school. The grant funded over $2,000 worth of new science and math equipment. With this equipment the students of PS Христијан Тодоровски Карпош Ранковце conducted a series of experiements following the scientific method. At the fair they demonstrated their findings for their fellow students and teachers. The material will continue to be utilized throughout the curriculum.
June is finally here, which means I only have 5 more months until COS. This summer is going to be a crazy adventure and will go by faster than I can blink. Here are some of my upcoming summer plans:
And after all of that I have two months of school left. I have to pack and say goodbye to everyone. I know it is still five more months to go but it really does seem like it is tomorrow. Let the insanity begin.
weddings in Macedonia are so much fun. especially when a pcv marries a hcn (host country national). a night full of oroing and the electric slide. the perfect combination!