Since the last time I posted many things have happened. First of all, I am back home!! It was hard saying good-bye to all my friends and students in Macedonia. But as I kept telling them, it's not good-bye, it's until next time. I would love to go back and visit; and as they have all told me, I will always have a home in Macedonia.
After I left, I went on a 21-day tour through Europe. It was a great way to wrap up my time living overseas. I was able to see many of Europe's great cities such as Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, and Amsterdam. I also spent time in some smaller places as well. Then it was a ten hour flight back home. And perfect timing too since I ended the tour with a cold and was coming home for mommy to take care of me --haha -- she was thrilled.
The day after I landed (Sat Nov 25), the family came over and we had our "delayed" Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone was glad to see me and curious to hear stories about Macedonia. Now, its back to the "real world." I have been taking it slowly, trying to do one or two things each day. Of course, a haircut and manicure and pedicure were first on the list! I got my drivers license renewed and have been driving around the neighborhood and to local places. I have not tried tackling the beltway with all its new and wonderful (sarcasm intended) changes. Next step is getting back into teaching. I have already been in contact with both Fairfax and Arlington Counties for substitute teaching positions, so once those are up and running I think I will be back to normal.
I want to thank everyone who has followed this blog over the past two years. It was an amazing experience and journey and I was so glad that I got to share it with you. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed living it!