From vomit stories, surprising literate shepherds, and regretful romance, odd moments are bound to happen when an American lives in Northern Albania for two years. This is a modest attempt to record a few.
After having lived in big american cities, life in a small town in Albania proved to be a kind of double culture shock. For better or worse, it isn’t important who you are as much as whose you are.
Some six months after ending my Peace Corps service, I’m trying to look back with more neutral eyes. Considering the difficulties of finding fulfilling work and fitting into a small rural Albanian town, was my two years in Peace Corps worth it? Would I do it all again?
Enter the 28 year old male American Peace Corps Volunteer who without realizing it, will remind Albanian mothers of their sons who live abroad and will provoke sadness as well as motherly compassion.