SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Nine

Early one Friday morning I was watching World TV Online Channel 8 and thinking to myself, what it would be like to live in another country? I have been wondering this a lot lately, with all the traveling I have been doing. I think on my next adventure I will find out what it would be like to live in another country…where would I live? What would I eat?

The program switches from “Watan” out of Turkmenistan to “Tirana Reporting” out of Albania. Albania….now there’s a country you don’t hear a lot about! I think I have found my next destination! I continue watching the program and then watch past shows on www.scola.org to learn more about Albania and its culture.

I watch some news and various other TV programs in Albanian and my excitement for this next journey continues to grow. I log on to On the Street Videos and start my new journey. The first step to figuring out what it would be like living in another country is to discover where I could live. I find a real estate agent and visit her office to find out about the real estate market in Albania. She tells me about an apartment for sale with three bedrooms, two balconies, and plenty of natural light. The apartment is in a prime location, priced per square meter and comes with many amenities such as an entertainment center and a mini bar!

My next order of business on experiencing what it would be like to live in Albania is to figure out what sort of food I would be eating. I meet some locals and learn four new recipes…two of which are cake! What’s not to like? The recipes I learn are for a poppy seed roll with cheese, a recipe for a kifle roll with cheese, and I learn how to prepare a chocolate cake and a no bake plasma cake. It’s a good thing I don’t even have to leave the couch to travel back home because my stomach is too full to move!

Experiencing a few aspects of life in Albania definitely interested me, but I still have so much more of the world to see! So for now, I am going to stay where I am at and continue my international adventure from the comfort of my own home with SCOLA On the Street Videos!

Check back next week to see where my next adventure takes me!

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Behind the Scenes: An Introduction to Belarus

Welcome to Belarus, our June Country of the Month!

During June, SCOLA followers can look forward to learning about the language, climate, and cuisine of Belarus, but first we would like to share some information with you about the people who make up this wonderful country. Belarus is a country of many diverse nationalities, and today our provider Marina from Belarus gives us insight into the population of Belarus, its diverse ethnic groups, and the languages you might hear when visiting.

“According to the 2009 census, more than 130 nationalities are represented in the Belarusian territory. Among them the most represented are Belarusians, Russians, Poles, and Ukrainians. Armenians, Tatars, and Lithuanians amount to less than 1%.The number of Turkmen, Chinese, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, and Arabs is increasing.

“Throughout the history of Belarus the majority of rural population were Belarusians, in the northwest of the country there were many Poles, and in the east there were Russians, including the ‘Old Believers’. Nowadays, cities and towns are inhabited with diverse ethnic groups, though Belarusians remain the majority (more than 80%).

“Belarusian and Russian are the official languages ​​in Belarus. Thirty-four percent of Belarusians say they are fluent in Belarusian, about 6% of Belarusians say they use the Belarusian language constantly, and almost 74% speak Russian.”

Want to learn more about our Country of the Month? Visit http://www.scola.org today and contact us for your free trial!

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