Last weekend, three noobs – er, trainees – came to Tkibuli to shadow Drew and me and see how we live, work, and survive. That was PC mistake #1. Mistake #2? One of them was a Michigan grad. They sent…the one Michigan grad…to the only two OSU grads’ site. Exasperated siiiigh. They aren’t kidding when they say that this experience teaches patience and tolerance [just kidding Eric, if you're reading this!].
In all honesty, it was very strange to be the ones who are supposed to know what we’re doing. When did this happen? I remember being amazed at the wisdom and language abilities of the girl that I job shadowed last year. This year, I’m pretty sure they were only amazed at Team Tkibuli’s beer pong domination skillz. Also the fact that we are 24 years old and still playing beer pong. Personally, I don’t know why they weren’t impressed that we were able to procure Solo-ish cups and ping pong balls but then again, they have a lot to learn still.
Some highlights of their three day visit included: a supra at my host family’s, an Independence Day concert, hiking up to the top of the Racha mountain range, and meeting up with other PCVs in Kutaisi for some McDonald’s and a brush with death (see picture above). Luckily they all survived and haven’t quit yet, so MISSION ACCOMPLISHED as some would say.
Random note about the newly nice weather and exercising opportunities: I like to run, albeit quite slowly. Whatevz. Anyway I used to run on the main street, and that turned out to be a huge integration fail. So now I run on this deserted old “track” around a soccer field. You might be thinking, sweet deal, a flat “track” without weirdos staring at you and wondering what farm animal you are running from. Then you ask yourself, why does she keep using quotes with the word “track”? Well, my loyal readers, I would actually call it a series of stones consecutively laid out in an oblong shape, but it serves its purpose. And what about the lack of people staring? That must be nice! But NO. The one groundskeeper dude insists on appearing as soon as I enter, and then just sitting in the stands watching for the entire duration of my attempt at running. So, I have a classic PCV dilemma here. Do I run on the street, where a higher quantity of people stare but only for 5-10 seconds each? Or do I run on the “track”, with one supercreep weirding the shiznit out of me? Open to suggestions.
Anyway, I’ve been schmeagling (it’s a word) around site for quite awhile now, catching up on grant work and watching all of the Lord of the Rings extended editions…again. This summer is quickly filling up though, with GLOW camp, my Spain trip, and my brothers’ impending visit. I’ve also been buying a lot of superfluous stuff online but that’s besides the point. Hope everyone had an awesome Memorial Day weekend and please don’t send me any pictures of your hamburgers! Thnx.