Author Archives: Kate

About Kate

24-year-old University of Oregon alum. Extreme moderate. Sports enthusiast, fashionista (but only in my imagination), history buff, foodie, and gypsy. I laugh at everything.

“Would You Like Some Carbs with Those Carbs?”: Albanian Food

Originally posted on WildKat Formation:
I love food. Let me say that again: I LOVE FOOD. I get more excited about food than almost anything else…with the possible exception of sports (real ones, not like golf or soccer), baby animals,…

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Furgons: Getting into Vans with Strangers

Originally posted on WildKat Formation:
I’ve been in Albania for six weeks and some things about living here are already starting to feel normal to me. The power randomly shutting off while you’re taking a shower? Normal. Seven-year-old boys yelling…

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Site Announcements: The Oscars of Peace Corps

Originally posted on WildKat Formation:
I’m now five weeks through PST with five weeks left to go. Like the Bon Jovi song, we’re halfway there. At this point I’m knee deep in practicum, which is a two-week period during which…

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Mormons in Shqipëria?

Originally posted on WildKat Formation:
Last Tuesday I ran into a couple gangly 19-year-old missionaries who were more than happy to interact with someone who a) speaks English and b) actually wanted to talk to them. I’m totally a sucker…

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A Day in the Life of A Peace Corps Trainee (A.K.A. A Three-Year-Old)

Originally posted on WildKat Formation:
It has come to my attention that 1) because I’ve only posted once since I’ve moved to Albania and 2) all I do on Facebook—besides roll my eyes at peoples’ First World Problems—is upload pretty…

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Heeere weeee goooo!

I am at the sketchiest internet cafe in all of Europe. My sweet host family took me here because they want me to get in touch with you. They know NO English at all. It has been a struggle to … Continue reading

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I’m here!

The “internet” is “working” so I thought I’d send you guys a note. The past five days have been, hands down, the strangest and most intense of my entire life (so far). I got sick Sunday night–not the usual, “mehh, … Continue reading

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Good People

Five weeks until I take off for Albania! Some days it seems waayyy too soon, but other days it’s not nearly soon enough. I’ve made a large dent in my shopping and packing, which has resulted in a large dent … Continue reading

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Just do it

Happy New Year everyone. This year, I have watched people in my family essentially do what this young lady did–take that first step and be glad she did. Congratulations to her! Congratulations also to Jacob for making the leap to … Continue reading

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“Oodles”

It finally came: I got my Peace Corps invitation (official assignment/placement) via E-MAIL today! “E-mail” is in all caps because I was not expecting to receive my assignment so casually, aka digitally. (BYU does their acceptance letters the same way: … Continue reading

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