(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.)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day at the залив (bay)

Late to post again, but hey, better late than never. Summer has blown by, and as of today I have about 2 weeks left before I go back to school. In short, it's been one of the best summers of my life, hands down. I'll be sad to see it go, but I also look forward to school, and find myself thinking often about my students and what they're up to. I'm sure they're not thinking about school at all, but hey I think this might be the first time in my life where i'm excited to get back to school.

This is actually the first week where I have nothing really planned. I have had 3 summer camps back to back from the very beginning of June until the beginning of August, so this respite has been a welcome change to my hectic summer schedule. I enjoyed every camp I went to immensely, especially the one in Kharkov- mainly because it was so challenging and intense. I learned a lot about teaching techniques and different approaches to dealing with children. I feel very accomplished in my summer, and I'm glad to say it's not quite over yet.

Anyways, recently my best friend Dasha (also my counterpart) and her family went to the bay that's closest to Armyansk for the day. We cooked "Shashlik" which is basically the Ukrainian version of barbecuing, and swam. It was a lot of fun, and very relaxing. To top it all off, we made home made pizza the next day. All in all, a very successful week! Below are some pictures.


Zaliv!


Miss you all,

Love Nitai

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Krakow

Hey all!

I am back from Poland and all the craziness of summer camps- FINALLY. I can't tell you all how accomplished and how exhausted I feel. I just returned a few days ago, and haven't had a whole lot of time to even upload anything... but I finally got around to it today.

Anyways, ABC camp was a blast- I met some of the coolest people I think i'll ever get to meet in PC Ukraine, and also some of the most gifted kids. It really raised the bar on my level of involvement in this country, and I came back to site full of inspiration and new ideas on how to improve my level of community involvement.

Here's a link to the blog filled with pictures and videos- http://abccampukraine.blogspot.com/


Furthermore, I got to go to Poland. I really enjoyed my time there. It is a really fascinating country to visit, and for me in particular, due to almost 100% of my family roots can be traced back to that country. I only got to visit Krakow. I got to do some day-trips from there to Auschwitz and the salt mines, both of which were really amazing. Anyways, below are photo albums- I am now using Picasa for all my photos due to the convenience of just uploading through my google account- I think it's more attractive and easier to use too for my blog-subscribers...

Finally, summer is coming to a close. I have about a month left before school starts again, and I feel really excited about this upcoming school year. I feel like i'm finally integrating into Ukraine, and really starting to understand the people here, so that should help me a lot in the way that I approach my students.

All in all, life is good- went to the beach this morning with my closest Ukrainian friends, and have been really feeling like Armyansk is now home. Life is not necessarily easy, but that's not what I'm looking for at this moment in my life, and I feel like everything i'm doing is right for me at this point in time.

Below i've linked the two albums from Krakow and Auschwitz, respectively. I hope you enjoy them, and I really miss you all- i've been dreaming about the Yuba these past few days, so a request to all of you native NC'ers- please, the next time you dip into that lovely river that you all know I cherish so much, THINK OF ME!!!

Always lovin' and peacin'-

Nitai

Krakow





Auschwitz