The past week has been about getting acquainted and finding my footing here in Albania. I am currently living alone in an apartment in a very trendy, young neighborhood. Many of the people here speak English, so finding my way around the city has been relatively easy, and I have been able communicate with mostly everyone around me. The biggest drawback that I am experiencing is the lack of companionship. It is a little bit of a struggle to find things that I can do alone. Tirana, the capital of Albania, is large and beautiful which is great, but I have never spent time in a city this large before. However, I will be joined by two other U of M interns tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited! I am starting to feel comfortable with my work days, and I am getting use to my own routine, so I am looking forward to more flexible and fun weekends with the other students. My work days have been mostly consisting of research and planning. I am working on my Medicinal Herbs project, focusing on a small mountain village, which is incredibly exciting for me. Additionally, I have been collaborating with my supervisor about finding ways that my research could potentially help the people in the village. Right now, we are considering creating a small business in the village that can be completely run by the villagers and allow for more economic development. Promoting sustainability in places that I travel has always been very important to me, and I am grateful that I have found a way to incorporate it into my life here in Albania.
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