I have so many ideas for post themes, but it occurred to me recently that I really haven’t updated much on things that have happened recently around here. So, here’s a good, old-fashioned update post.
Update #1: My first race!
I ran a 4K race in downtown Thessaloniki, and it was my first race ever! I know; those of you who know me well know that I’ve been running for a long time, but I just never got around to trying a race. I trained for a half-marathon in college, but overtrained and got tendonitis. And I hadn’t pursued the idea since then. But there was a free 4K race put on by the city of Thessaloniki, and I ran it with Carrie (one of the interns) and Thanos (the head of student life at AFS). It was a beautifully crisp, sunny fall day, and the course took us down a main road by the sea and finished right on the boardwalk!
Update #2: Life in the new dorms.
I now have hot water, consistent electricity, internet, heat and several other awesome quality-of-life boosters; so I’m now settling into my new home quite nicely!
Update #3: My first (and hopefully only) trip to a Greek hospital.
One morning, I woke up with an incredibly stiff and painful shoulder. It slowly got better through that morning, but the same thing happened about three days later. And two or three days after that, I woke up at 5 AM with horrible shoulder pain. For the next four nights, I woke up every hour because of the pain, and had to stretch it for about twenty minutes before I could sleep again.
This was a problem.
So I got some advice about where I could get it checked out. Unfortunately, the only public hospital with orthopedic doctors on call that day was waaaaay far away, and since I had to go by myself this was less than ideal. So I was advised to go to a private hospital nearby, with the predictions that it would be expensive but the doctors would speak English. After spending half an hour pep-talking myself to make the trip solo, I arrived to find a very nice facility and friendly people who all spoke great English. An examination and a few x-rays later, I was diagnosed with tendonitis in my left shoulder and prescribed painkillers. I took them for the first time last night and it helped tremendously. I still woke up several times out of a need to adjust my sleeping position, but I didn’t have to stretch it each time, which meant I could fall back asleep almost immediately!
Oh, and did I mentioned that I had a ghastly cold throughout all of this? I had a fever yesterday, but feel much, much better today. Phew.
Update #4: My Dad’s visit!!
My Dad was able to swing by Thessaloniki on his way home from a business trip in Turkey, and it was so nice to have a little taste of home for a few days! I showed him all around the city and the Farm School, and we had a great time catching up and (being Petersons) eating really fantastic food!
That’s all for now! I’m off to Thess for a lecture given by a Columbia professor on multilingual literature and translation; I’m especially curious as a student currently doing research reliant on translated editions. Love to all!
Ciao for niao,