Trip to Durres

As previously stated, we went to a hotel in Durres for Friday night, taking advantage of the extra time off school. Here are some poor quality photos I took while there.

The hotel was just up from one that we had previously stayed at, Vila Verde. I couldn’t be bothered to scroll down my blog until I found the post I wrote about it…

 

No School!

A day after the Christmas break, the Ministry of Health ordered that all schools must be closed until the 9th in order to avoid a huge outbreak of the flu. I’m not complaining…We will be going away on Friday night to a hotel in Durres for a mini-holiday, but in the meantime, the teachers have still assigned us work. Lovely. I mean, we would be in school eight hours a day, but instead, we have three days off and a small amount of work to do, so I probably shouldn’t be complaining about that small work. I should also start seriously memorising my lines for drama, since the play is in less than two months, and I only have the first scene memorised. Yaaay…

New Year’s Eve!!!

Yay!!! Today is New Year’s Eve! It’s a great day, especially in Albania…Fireworks will be going off this evening from around 9 pm, and at about 11:45, it’ll start to get REALLY loud. Above is my contribution to the party! I also hope to fly my drone with the camera on it, and try and get some mediocre footage of the fireworks in and around the centre of town. That leaves around three hours from when I would normally go to bed, until the fireworks. In this slot, I hope to play World of Tanks with Father, since it seems like the opportune moment for some father-son bonding time. And how better to bond if it not be through online stressful computer games at 11pm?

The Weeks Before Christmas…

Two weeks until Christmas – yay!!! Though, really, I should spell it yea…

The last few weeks have been very fun…I think it is safe to say that they have made up some of the most fun school days I can remember. The basketball season has started, and while I suck, I really enjoy playing it and hope to improve as the season goes on. Cooking elective is also a blast, see the photos of our last bake below…

Last night, we had our team Christmas dinner – I ate too much during the meal, so I sadly didn’t have room after mother’s chocolate brownies and rice krispy cake things for Primrose’s lovely cookies. However, we brought home a bag full of them, so all is not lost…

Starting tomorrow, Monday, the last four days of school begin before Christmas! It is amazing to see how quickly Christmas has come, and how fast the beginning of ninth grade has gone for me. My paternal grandparents will be arriving on the first Wednesday of break, and will be with us for Christmas to the Wednesday afterwards – I am very excited!

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My Recent Life

Snails, coffee, textbooks, and economics papers. A summary of the last 50 days. High School has started, and I am really enjoying it! It is considerably more work than eighth grade, but we had soft teachers for our last year of middle school, so really the larger workload shouldn’t come as a surprise. Honours work is a new idea for me, since we don’t do it in middle school, or the UK. Basically, do 25% more work, and be rewarded with a 25% better grade (essentially – it is a bit more complicated than that.) English and Geometry honours are no problem at all, but biology and geography are proving a little more tricky. In fact, I am currently working on a book summary of Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt. I love working though, so I have almost no problem with working on the projects that are set.

One of the best parts of High School is that they introduced a coffee machine at the end of September. It is over-priced, and a bit too acidic, but it is coffee all the same. It works wonders on the human body. You know when God told Noah to get two of every kind of animal and get them into the ark? How do you think he managed that feat without coffee? Huh? Huh? And how do you think God managed to create the world in seven days without the marvelous coffee bean? He got his priorities straight. Light, water separation (necessary for the growth of coffee beans), land, then sun…BOOM, all the things you need for a steady coffee plantation. Perhaps they missed that part out of the bible…or I am “reading into the text” a little too much…

I opened this post with snails. a friend and I are currently occupying ourselves with the task of looking after seven lovely snails. They are wonderful little creatures…

Mal i zi (revisited literally)

For the next ten days, we are once again in Kotor Bay, Montenegro. Well actually, we are in a little village called Prcanj just up the bay from Kotor, but you get the point. The view is lovely! It is so nice to be back in a familiar place for a holiday. Instead of hiring bikes as we usually do on holidays, we are going to hire a boat for a good proportion of our stay here! I am very excited…

The Return to the Land of Eagles

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Well, I am now back in Albania, after getting in on the flight last night from London Gatwick. I really enjoyed myself in the UK, and I have uploaded some pictures, as you can see. I would really like to still be in the UK, but I am just glad that I had at least some time there this summer! I especially loved the cool temperatures (though apparently it was rather hot) and how green it was. I got a chance to go to Oxford with my Dad on Monday and Tuesday, though the train journey back was…er…interesting, stopping in London to see my uncle, and Hayward’s Heath to change trains, only to experience the avg.30 min delays due to an electrical fire at Gatwick train station. I got to see my maternal grandparents, albeit briefly, but I managed to get my phone sorted out while there! I will let the photos and their captions say the rest…