Greetings to my family, friends, colleagues and former students!
In the not too distant future this will be the blog site where I share my experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Albania. Right now, though, my focus is on packing my under-100-pounds-total, less-than-107 linear-inches-total suitcases so that I can head off into the great unknown. I know nothing about how to set up and maintain a blog and am too busy rolling shirts and socks into little balls to figure it out before I go. I have created this bare-bones site simply to be able to provide a link to those of you who have asked “how will I hear about what you are doing over there?”
Following my blog is easy: you can subscribe to it and each new post will appear in your e-mail box automatically. Click the link immediately to the left of this post (in some browsers the link is accessed at the top of the page by clicking on the three bars) and enter your email address; this will trigger a confirmation email with an activation link; click the activation link and you are good to go. I have no idea how long it will take me to get this blog on its feet, but when I do you’ll start receiving updates.
A note about the name of the blog: Sy Shqiponjë….
In Albanian, the word “sy,” which means “eye,” is pronounced “sue.” That led me to “eagle eye,” which seems like an appropriate name for a blog full of observations. When I translated “eagle eye” into Albanian, I was surprised to see the word for Albania — “Shqiperi” — as the root of the word for eagle. Whaddya know? It turns out that “Shqiperi” (pronounced shchee-per-ee) means “land of the eagles” and the Albanian flag shows the image of a two-headed eagle. Here is a link to the Albania creation story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Eagle
Until my next post, Mirupafshim (goodbye)….