Published: July 29th 2011July 28th 2011
"Hump day is past
. Now work is more serious (in one way), because we want to accomplish as much as we can for Blue Cross. And ... now work is more fun (in another way) because we know each other better and find comfort and joy working side by side. Conversations at first were about the who, what, and where of our lives. Now they are more about deeper issues -- closer to core beliefs and values.
Communication with our Polish friends is better as well. We have derived sign language, smiles and nods, and a few common words with those who don't speak English -- we are learning a Polish word here and there, and they are recognizing an English word periodically. And with those who speak English, they explain more and more their lives, families, and country. That is one of the joys of working in another culture; you get to see a bit of the world from their
vantage point! It is such a different experience from that of a tourist.
We were asked by our Polish friends why we travel so far to do this. Responses came back in such areas as: helping others, meeting
new people, experiencing another culture, making vacations active and purposeful, and eating different foods.
Thursday evening, we certainly experienced another culture when Roman and Dorota invited the entire team to their home for dinner. It was a lovely meal of pierogis (4 kinds), salads, vegetables, and numerous kinds of lody (ice cream). But even better was the exchange of stories and jokes and delightful conversation. The party ended only because we had one more day of work coming up." (Eunice, Illinois)
There are more photos below