Welcome to my world

This is primarily for those of you curious about what life looks like in

Looking down the street
Looking down the street
Sunrise at the mosque
Sunrise at the mosqueArnaqi e Perme.  It is a very small village and it is approached via this street. You can see one of our two businesses in town–a bakery.

Arnaqi e Perme.  It is a very small village and it is approached via this street. You can see one of our two businesses in town–a bakery.

Then just outside my gate is this mosque. The first call to prayer on any day occurs at the “civil twilight” (today it was 06.29)hour. The last call to prayer occurs at “astronomical  twilight” There are three more calls throughout out the day–at about noon, 2 PM and the “civil twilight”  (today: 16.58) before the last one at “astronomical twilight”. (today: 18.06)


This is a snowman that was chopped out of snow and stood up for Elsa–the child of the house. The front of the house–as you can see, I live in an Orange house.

Snow person
Snow person
Front of the house
Front of the house
The kitchen
The kitchen
The Dining area

As you walk in the house, the “kitchen” is on the right. Very unlike an American kitchen but seems to work. (That is my bottle of Cholula on the fridge). To the left is the dining area. This is also where all the bread gets made.

Upstairs is where most of the sleeping is done in the house. (I say most as the host parents sleep in one of the salons on the ground floor.)

As you can see the bathroom has a nice size tub. I’m just looking for a plug so I can soak one of these days.

The tub!
The spa tub.


My bed and desk area.
Wardrobe and shelf unit

This is my room. Not much to look at but it gives me a place to keep my stuff and a comfortable bed in which to sleep.











And this is a a cradle which the children sleep in–even as old as two years old. They are strapped in!

And now for my famous lasagna! It was delicious. Only one person wasn’t real sure about it. Believe it or not, they eat very little in spices.  Onions and garlic are not prevalent here. Oh, mon dieu! How does one live without it!


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A 60 something woman who has run off to faraway places with the Peace Corps.

5 thoughts on “Welcome to my world”

  1. Sort of like a dorm room or one of the student houses along Main Street? 🙂 Orange makes it easier to find the house, unless, of course, all of them are orange. Happy the Lasanga went over well. Introducing a little garlic can’t be all bad for the family. And I notice there is an European toilet instead of a Turkist one.

    1. Just because there is not a Turkish toilet in the main bath does not mean that there is not one in use at the house.

  2. In looking at the street scene, in the light, it sort of reminds me of some of the rural villages in Alaska. However, there wouldn’t be a mosque next door 🙂

  3. The town looks like a rural village in Alaska with those mountains. The tub looks great, I like the little step-seat as you bet in. The carving on the cradle is really pretty. The lasagna looks delicious. It’s one of my favorite dishes. The kitchens very functional, all in a row. You room reminds me of one of my bedrooms when we were young, again all one needs, right.
    Have you been in the mosque? Can you go in?

  4. I do so love it when you post pictures for us… a little visual window into your world 🙂
    So many adventures, so much to take in, and so much you had to find a way to roll with ( ie, biting your lip in some situations where it is advisable or culturally respectful, or biting back a “biting” two year old, wow!) …working inside of a school system that is rather challenging, often deeply lacking in resources and time (and American teachers think it’s rough in the States?)…making due with little…saying goodbye to your friend Bev….the weather, the food, the culture…putting on performance and dinners…
    All I can say is, you continue to be such an inspiration to me, dear one! Adventure on! <3

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