Village visit

Trip Start Jul 23, 2007
Trip End Aug 23, 2007

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

We started this morning on a positive note, seeing some clouds on the horizon-never thought Id be so happy at the prospect of rain! Lucy and I tried to take a shortcut down to the mission house, but had to stop and ask some kids for directions. They managed to understand us though, and made sure we were headed in the right direction. Because of the lack of water, Kaye thought itd be best if only half the group went to the village to visit some people out there. So Kaye, Ema, Clare, Matt, Jamie and me headed off on a prayer walk towards the village as the others tackled the town. It took about 2 hours to walk there, including stops along the way, and we saw wild tortoises. The scenery was amazing-again I can't believe more people arent visiting Albania!

We arrived at this villa style house that had been built entirely by our host, Zeneli. We went throught the formal greeting process, and were given Turkish coffee. Basically an espresso shot with lots of sugar, I really liked it! Zeneli proudly showed us his photos, and I think I managed to 'ooh' and 'aah' in the right places. They gave us a shot of the national drink, raki with lunch. You're meant to clink glasses and say 'gazoa' before every sip. Couldn't finish it though, it tasted like a lethal mix of sambuca and vodka. After lunch, Kaye kindly volunteered us to share our testimonies. They reallz appreciated us coming, they couldnt believe we'd come all the way from England to visit them (!)

Back in town, we had another team meal, which was good to catch up with people and see how everyone's days had been. Jamie had a traditional Albanian dessert afterwards- rice with cinammon, milk, apple -and meat! Might try it at home, without the meat perhaps. Tasted good though. When we got back to the house, we sat up talking with the kids. They, like many Albanians, wanted to leave, and wished they could swap with us in England. Clare had warned us of this attitude, so we went on about how amazing Albania is- which is true! I love it here.
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