About Me

Last year I graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and thought that living and working abroad would be the best way to prepare myself for the future. So, I joined the Peace Corps and short while later was sent to serve as an English teacher in Albania.

For the next 27 months I’ll be living in Shkoder, Albania and teaching English at a local high school. In the meantime, I’ll be learning Shqip (the Albanian language) and doing my best to fit in to this ancient and still very traditional culture. And  I’m going to share all of my experiences and adventures in Albania here so follow along!

 

Peace Corps Disclaimer

The contents of this website are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.

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16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Really enjoying your blog… I was in PC Albania in 1996 – part of the group that was evacutated from the country. I have some of the funniest memories from Albania – some of the saddest also. The post about the explosions is so true – I remember gun fire during any celebrations. People just randomly shooting into the air without a care in the world. I was also in Shkoder and taught English at the foreign language high school (there were dorms for the kids to live, not sure if it’s still there). Anyhow, thanks for the fun blog – brings back memories.

    • I’m glad you found my blog and are enjoying it! I feel so lucky to be living in Shkoder for 2 years, it’s really an amazing place with so many opportunities. The foreign language school no longer has dorms but I’m sure the rest of the city is the same (which is both good and bad!). It’s so great to hear from past PCVs! You wouldn’t believe how much these people remember. Every day they ask me how my “friends” are from past PCV groups (that I’ve never actually met) because you all had such an impact on their lives. Thanks for establishing a great tradition in this city and this country.

      • I too was a PCV in 96 during the “problems” and was evacuated. Thanks of the update, it fun to hear what is happening now. Something’s have changed a lot and others sound very familiar. We were pre- internet and cell phones and although the entertainment and contact with home would have been great, the autonomy we had due to lack of communication with the PC staff was liberating. Thanks for the memory’s.

  2. It is always nice to read the impressions of foreigners in Albania. If you ever come to Tirana, please do let me know and I can show you the city or even the South, such as Osumi Canyons, best place to visit. Let me know through email: andibeqiraj@aol.com

    Regards,
    Andi.

  3. You’re living my dream! I just graduated last week with international relations-political science, 23 living in Texas, and hopelessly in love with an albanian lad, the culture, and the beauty of this country! would love to get in contact and pursue a similar career as you!
    https://www.facebook.com/ummumumumum?fref=ts

    ^_^

    • Albania is an incredibly wonderful place and I love my job more than anything, honestly. Peace Corps has been a great experience. Best of luck with your future in international relations and hopefully in Albania!

  4. Hi Danielle, I just came across your blog, and reading through it both warmed my heart and made me feel so homesick. I’m from Shkoder and my house is actually in the same neighborhood where you live 🙂 I’ve been gone for 12 years now, but your words have brought back a flood of memories. Just wanted to say thank you 🙂 I love that you love my city and my people.
    Tana t’mirat 🙂
    Luljeta

  5. I really like your blog , especially “Is it 1950s America or 2013 Albania?” article. I am from Shkodra and i can say it’s the best city in albania (not a lack of modesty) it has so much to offer but especially the hospitality of the people there is the best.
    How is it going with the dialect?
    I wish you all the best. 🙂
    Cheers
    Erind

  6. Absolutely fantastic posts. Always a pleasure to read other’s views on our culture, traditions and the bad habits, particularly people from non neighbouring countries as they have no preconception. I don’t come from Shkoder, I’m from the south which is also beautiful in a different way, but we are the same people and your blog has made me feel very nostalgic. 17 years away from homeland, having made a life in UK, I still feel as much Albanian as if I had been back there all the time.

    Thanks again, great blog and enjoy the rest of your time there

  7. Hi. I’m the editor in chief of an Kosovo magazine “Ip Magazine”. I’ve read some of your articles and I would like to use one of your articles for for the next number (first November) of the magazine. “Backpacking across northern Albania” is the article I would like to use. Please, let me know on the below address.

    Bests,

  8. Merhaba! You have a great blog. My spouse and I (RPCVs from Azerbaijan) are visiting your host community in August and would love your recommendations! …especially food advice 🙂 Thanks in advance!

  9. I was a PCV in Shkoder from 2008-10. I was looking for a photo of the Christmas/New Years tree with the central mosque in the background, and found yours from January of this year. Thanks for posting it, as well as sharing your observations. Hope your COS went well, and same for your readjustment.

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