Today was very productive.
1. I left the house by myself for the first time. Now, we arrived Saturday and JR went to work on Monday, so perhaps you are wondering why I waited until today. Maybe because it’s not safe outside, or I don’t feel comfortable walking around by myself? Nope, it’s much more simple than that. Up until this afternoon, I was incapable of navigating the keys and locks that are required to get back into our apartment. First there is the front gate and its special key, which is easy enough. And the actual door to our apartment isn’t so bad, once you figure out how to maneuver the door handle just so. But the door to our building with it’s skeleton-like key, forget about it. On Tuesday after JR and I had lunch, I returned home and he went to work. And I was hopelessly locked out of our building. It was frustrating and embarrassing. Luckily, after about 5 minutes of me panicking, a local guard patrol was making its rounds and rescued me. So I was a bit gun-shy about leaving today, but JR and I did several practice rounds last night and I felt ready to try it again. And it was a success!
2. JR’s work has a wonderful, very welcoming community. We’ve met 2 of the other families living in our building, and today the upstairs neighbor came down to introduce herself and invite me on a walk around town. She and her husband have been in the Foreign Service (FS) for over 20 years, and she was a wealth of knowledge. Also, and perhaps most importantly, we found ice cream. And it only cost 1 euro for both of us!
3. I met the Ambassador of Kosovo! There was a Marine happy hour, and she was there socializing with everyone. She was very nice, and we will actually meet with her again in the next few days for our official welcome meeting.