|The Girls from Gostivar, Kerry, Vjosa and me|
|Some of the food - Happie also made a delicious Indian BBQ chicken|
The next week I went to a workshop sponsored by the German foreign aid group on promoting the Polog Valley - the valley that Gostivar is in. It was so much fun! I was treated like an equal participant and worked in a couple of the small groups coming up with ideas on what and how to promote the region. Fortunately, one of the presenters was German, and he had a translator to go from Macedonian to English and back, so I used him as well. The best part was working with the men that were there sharing ideas and know-how. They were so gracious and inclusive of me. I got to work with 3 young men on technological ways to promote the valley, which made me smile! I feel like I am always scrambling to keep up with the latest in technology (did you know e-mail was out? All the young people just use facebook to send messages!), but Peace Corps has definitely pushed my boundaries and helped me learn.
My interview on Macedonian TV was aired, and I've been recognized several times by Macedonians which is always fun. Hopefully coincidentally, the embassy also offered us a workshop on talking to the media - it was so interesting and useful, if a little late for my debut on the news! Anyway, they made a little clip that is posted among the embassy YouTube videos - I'll see if this link works: