The strike is over! I would have returned to school today but my counterpart called in and said she couldn’t make it and since I am not permitted to be in the classroom on my own, I did not go to school. But tomorrow I will be there. I have no idea what the terms are they settled on, but I’m sure I’ll hear about it this evening. The important part is that it is over!
But in other news…….Spring can’t be too far away. We are getting snow storms that have golf ball sized snow globules falling from the sky. It melts quickly, too. Pansies are beginning to come back to life in Skopje and I don’t need to bundle up like an Eskimo. Now if the mud would just go away!
Slowly but surely I am learning about customs in the Albanian homes. One of the nicer ones is the placing of an extra dish of food on the dinner table. That way if a guest suddenly drops in, you can honestly say you were expecting them. I always thought I was counting wrong when we would start putting dishes on the table. Turns out I wasn’t.
Turns out it may not really be over. From what I can understand, they have been ordered back to work and the negotiators have until 15 March to work things out. If nothing happens by then, they may go back out on strike. The strikers feel they will have lost their momentum at that point and are disappointed in this result. I’m just happy to have something to do!