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