(All opinions and descriptions of life in Ukraine contained herein are mine. I do not, nor am I qualified to,
express the official opinions of the Peace Corps or the U.S. Government.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

First Ukrainian photo-story (kinda)

To all my beloved blog-readers. I must begin this post with an apology. I have been super busy of lately, and have completely neglected my blog that I have vehemently kept up with... until recently.

Well all that has changed, and I am back, and not without any good material either. I finally did a short photo essay today, and am damn proud of it too.

One of my students asked me if I could help him with a project chronicling some of the remote, and "ethnic" parts of Armyansk. Of course I obliged, and today I set out with him and two of my other 10th form students.

It turned into more of a lets-walk-around-and-do-random-things-while-taking-pictures-day. My favorite kind, of course. We found some random statues, climbed down some sketchy bridges, waded into a filthy dead-cat infested canal, and many other small adventures.

Anyways, I ended up taking way more pictures of them rather than any of the scenery in the area, but I did get a couple of "ethnic" shots- at least in my opinion.

Heres to hoping he wins first place, as far as I know it's just a city-hall competition.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Birthday Time

Happy Birthday Peace Corps!

Today marks the 50th anniversary of my organization, and I couldn't be more proud to be part of it. I have increasingly been feeling more and more confident in my role as a teacher here, and today really topped the cake.

For my English club I presented a slide show that my friend Warren put together for a seminar in regards to what the peace corps is. I showed it to my older english club, and it was really heart-warming to see the kind of interest they had what people did in the PC.

I sat there, beaming, as if I had won the lottery- and to be honest, I kind of did. As I mentioned 5 months ago when I got into PC, it's no cake walk of an application process. It takes a lot of determination and mental strength to even enter. Even when you're in, it takes a lot of mental determination to stick with it and tell yourself that you want to do this.

Also, in my younger English club, we made some cards for the 50th anniversary, pictures below.

All in all, this is a mellow week for me, tomorrow I have a meet your neighbors meeting in Dzankoy (two hours south of me), and on thursday I teach two classes and celebrate my quarter century mark.

That's right, i'll be turning a ripe old age of 25 this coming Thursday. To ring it in, I booked the local spa- yes I have a sauna and pool in my town, and it's awesome. A bunch of friends are coming down and it should be a grand old time.

Goodbye my early 20's, you were good to me while it lasted, but I think maturation is going to be a lot better for me... whenever that comes, lol.

I'll leave you with a few pictures i've taken recently (I know I know I need to shoot more, it will happen, just wait for it).

Love Nitai

My buddy Karina

Mr. Nitai, Я готов! (I'm ready/done!)
Good and Evil

Dasha and I with the 5th form students and our Flags