2008.12.22: December 22, 2008: Headlines: COS - Macedonia: Blogs - Maceonia: Personal Web Site: Peace Corps Volunteer Panopticon writes: Things I Can Do with $25

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Macedonia: Peace Corps Macedonia: Peace Corps Macedonia: Newest Stories: 2008.12.22: December 22, 2008: Headlines: COS - Macedonia: Blogs - Maceonia: Personal Web Site: Peace Corps Volunteer Panopticon writes: Things I Can Do with $25

By Admin1 (admin) (151.196.46.182) on Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 5:19 pm: Edit Post

Peace Corps Volunteer Panopticon writes: Things I Can Do with $25

Peace Corps Volunteer  Panopticon writes: Things I Can Do with $25

In the spirit of displaying how grateful I am for every dollar, I'm going to make a list of how much things over here cost and what, exactly, I can do with $25.

Peace Corps Volunteer Panopticon writes: Things I Can Do with $25

Monday, December 22, 2008

Things I Can Do with $25

IMG_0970 by Wayan Vota Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

Since arriving here in Macedonia, several family members have been thoughtful enough to give me some money. A few times, someone has written me to tell me they wrote me a check for 20 or 25 dollars and actually said something like "I know it's not much..." etc etc. Well!! In the spirit of displaying how grateful I am for every dollar, I'm going to make a list of how much things over here cost and what, exactly, I can do with $25.

-Nice dinner including my favorite salad, a big pizza and a glass of wine: $7

-A weeks worth of groceries including comfort items like Diet Coke and cheddar cheese: $15-20

-One month's worth of internet access in my apartment: $13

-A round-trip bus ticket to go see friends in another city when they promise to make me fajitas: $5

-A Teflon frying pan (God knows this is the most useful thing I've bought since I got here): $11

-A delicious hot chocolate: $1

-A new pair of nice dress shoes: $20

-A kilogram of Macedonia's finest tomatoes: $1.50 in winter, $0.50 in summer.

So! That gift that you think "isn't that much" will buy me a nice dinner out, a whole month of internet and a much needed fajita escape to another city. And, BELIEVE ME, I can't even begin to explain how grateful I am whenever I'm able to do or buy any of the things listed above (along with many, many others).

Tomorrow, I am going across the country by bus to spend Christmas with a big group of volunteers. Three have offered up their apartments to host others and there are promises abound of lasagna and tacos and we have a gift exchange planned for Wednesday night. I'm very excited about it, it will be a Christmas unique from the rest I've had!! Part of me certainly wishes I was home with family but I'm excited to do something different too. I will be going to the capital tomorrow and spending one night there then going on to the west where I'll spend Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a gaggle of volunteers then probably head back to my humble city on Saturday morning. It will be nice! I get to see the west side of the country, finally spend some quality time with my fellow volunteers outside of training and just generally RELAX for more than a few hours with other people! Fun for all.

And total cost my Christmas? Probably about $30. So thank you!!!!




Links to Related Topics (Tags):

Headlines: December, 2008; Peace Corps Macedonia; Directory of Macedonia RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Macedonia RPCVs





When this story was posted in February 2009, this was on the front page of PCOL:




Peace Corps Online The Independent News Forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers RSS Feed

 Site Index Search PCOL with Google Contact PCOL Recent Posts Bulletin Board Open Discussion RPCV Directory Register

PCOL's Candidate for Peace Corps Director Date: December 2 2008 No: 1288 PCOL's Candidate for Peace Corps Director
Honduras RPCV Jon Carson, 33, presided over thousands of workers as national field director for the Obama campaign and said the biggest challenge -- and surprise -- was the volume of volunteer help, including more than 15,000 "super volunteers," who were a big part of what made Obama's campaign so successful. PCOL endorses Jon Carson as the man who can revitalize the Peace Corps, bring it into the internet age, and meet Obama's goal of doubling the size of the Peace Corps by 2011.

Director Ron Tschetter:  The PCOL Interview Date: December 9 2008 No: 1296 Director Ron Tschetter: The PCOL Interview
Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter sat down for an in-depth interview to discuss the evacuation from Bolivia, political appointees at Peace Corps headquarters, the five year rule, the Peace Corps Foundation, the internet and the Peace Corps, how the transition is going, and what the prospects are for doubling the size of the Peace Corps by 2011. Read the interview and you are sure to learn something new about the Peace Corps. PCOL previously did an interview with Director Gaddi Vasquez.

Jan 24, 2009: RPCVs March in Inauguration Date: January 25 2009 No: 1309 Jan 24, 2009: RPCVs March in Inauguration
Peace Corps Community marches in Inaugural Parade 20 Jan
Jane Albritton writes: Memories of Maury Albertson 18 Jan
Sarah Chayes writes: Failing Afghanistan 15 Dec
Volunteers in Guinea are Safe 23 Dec
Jim Walsh reflects on 20 years of service 28 Dec
Public service in Driehaus' blood 3 Jan
An Interview with Kathleen Stephens 3 Jan
Robert P. Cristo returns to Nigeria 4 Jan
Sarah Holt makes 2,663-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail 5 Jan
Zophia Kneiss is metal sculptor 11 Jan
Harris Wofford is Godfather of National Service 12 Jan
Melanie Edwards founds Mobile Metrix 14 Jan
Jody Olsen Named PC Acting Director 16 Jan
Lawrence Leamer writes: Obama betrays the Peace Corps? 18 Jan
George Packer writes: Obama's Inaugural Address 20 Jan
Obama going to do something great for Peace Corps 21 Jan
John Bridgeland writes: Volunteer to Save the Economy 22 Jan
Foy Spicer writes: Electricity as a scarcity 23 Jan
Carl Pope to Step Down as Sierra Club Chief 23 Jan
James Rupert writes: US Missile Attacks Kill 15 24 Jan
Jeffrey Tayler writes "Murderers in Mausoleums" 25 Jan
Read more stories from January 2009 and December 2008.

Some PCVs return to Bolivia on their own Date: October 23 2008 No: 1279 Some PCVs return to Bolivia on their own
Peace Corps has withdrawn all volunteers from Bolivia because of "growing instability" and the expulsion of US Ambassador Philip Goldberg after Bolivian President Evo Morales accused the American government of inciting violence in the country. This is not the first controversy surrounding Goldberg's tenure as US ambassador to Bolivia. Latest: Some volunteers have returned to Bolivia on their own to complete their projects.

PCVs Evacuated from Georgia Date: August 19 2008 No: 1254 PCVs Evacuated from Georgia
The Peace Corps has announced that all Volunteers and trainees serving in the Republic of Georgia are safe and they have been temporarily relocated to neighboring Armenia. Read the analysis by one RPCV on how Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili believed that he could launch a lightning assault on South Ossetia and reclaim the republic without substantial grief from Moscow and that Saakashvili's statements once the war began demonstrated that he expected real Western help in confronting Russia.



Read the stories and leave your comments.








Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Personal Web Site

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; COS - Macedonia; Blogs - Maceonia

PCOL42797
13


Add a Message


This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.
Username:  
Password:
E-mail: