After the medal parade, it was home to take a bit of a nap because everyone was planning on going out for drinks at the Phoenix to celebrate. We kicked off the night around 9pm with everything from Guinness, Jameson, and Baileys. A couple of us (pictured below are Billie V., Tom, and myself) even wore funny St. Paddy's Day hats. I really got into it in my shirt that said "The leprechauns made me do it", the hat, and shamrock earrings :) It only comes once a year so why not do a good job of partying it up?! After a couple hours at the Phoenix (oh, yeah, the 10pm curfew has been lifted. Now Americans can be there as long as they are not intoxicated...wonder how they will figure out who is and isn't!!!), it was time to head home....what a great night!!!
Oh, and before I forget, I want to say "Welcome" to Luna, author of the Kosovo2007 blogspot, who contacted me about using some photos of Kosovo life. It's wonderful to know that someone else is posting information about Kosovo because the most common complaint I hear from people is that there is little to no information about what it is like to live here...and that's frustrating when you have thousands of internationals being asked to move away from home to come serve in the mission.
Also, amid the celebration, today marks the three year anniversary of the March 2004 riots that left 19 people dead, more than 800 homes, 35 churches destroyed, and all because of misinformation spread by the local Albanian media about events in Northern Mitrovica.