Geocaching!

I first got into geocaching in April, at the ECM conference. As you can see in one of the pictures below, there were some pretty ingenious hiding places! When I got back to Tirana, I searched for the four that are meant to be hidden in this city, but to no avail. However, on Tuesday, some of the middle schoolers met up for the day to hang out with Miss Knasel, who came for a visit. In the last 20 minutes or so of being together, we suddenly had the idea to go look for one. We found it! It is by the mosque of Ethem Bey, in the centre. No more detail shall be given… A photo of the logbook is included in the slideshow below. This morning, I went out by myself and managed to find one by the pyramid! I was not able to find any of the others that are hidden in  Tirana.

For those interested, the website can be found at This site. Alternatively, you can find an app for it on your phone. There is only one official website, and so all apps will have about the same amount of information, though for some you may have to pay (avoid those ones).

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Activity Week

This is the last week of school, and so it is activity week. It has been so fun! On Monday, we went swimming as a middle school to an amazing place just south of Tirana. They have a wonderful slide, and so much of our time was spent coming up with different ways to slide down it.

On Tuesday, we just hung out at GDQ. We played games outside on the field in the morning, and had an ooblek battle. Ooblek is just cornstartch and water mixed together, but it makes a really strange substance that is liquid, but hardens when you try to punch it, and then liquifies again when you rest your fist on it. We all got really messy! Still, Miss Thomson was standing by with the hose!

Wednesday was water day, and because we are eighth graders, we had the activity at the end when the eighth grade class lies on the grass with bottles on their foreheads, and the other classes try to get water into our bottles by squeezing a sponge over them. As you would think, we all got rather wet! The free-for-all at the end didn’t go as planned, but was still very fun!

Thursday was amazing. We met up at the Stephen Centre in the morning for breakfast, and then the worship team met for practice at the Instituti. After we had practiced, we went for lunch at Big Bites, which is just over the road. When we had eaten, we met up with the rest of middle school at a field in the Blloku. We played football until about 2pm, and then I cycled across town with Miss Leonard back to school. We arrived ahead of everyone, and so I had time to do my end-of-year sentimental walk around the school. After school was over, I stayed behind and sat in the Literacy room, our old homeroom, and just thought – it was fun!

Friday was the Spring Fling. The worship team led…er…worship at the beginning, but other than that, I had no involvement in the program at all. It was nice to have a final day together, especially since I will be going to high school at the end of the summer.

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Bunk’Art

On Sunday, after church, we went out with the Thompsons to a place called Bunk’Art. It is amazing ! As we drive up the road, on the left there is a small tunnel with Bunk’Art written on the top. When you go through this tunnel, you come out in an car park that seems like it is in the Forest of Dean or something! It was a military installation, but they have converted the old bunker to a museum. We went in, and it was quite scary to see everything underground. Before we went in, we had a picnic, however, I had an allergic reaction triggered by the grass we sat in, and so I didn’t enjoy it quite as much.

Pictured below is the entrance into the bunker itself.

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