(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, March 27, 2012


If you're wondering what the title means, it's simply: Goat! in Russian. I don't know why, but I really like the way it sounds (pronounced: KA-ZOL!) Anyways, this post is about this past weekend and how much fun it was to finally go outside.

First of all, Friday started off with a bang. One of my best Ukrainian friends invited me out with her and some more friends to celebrate. Somehow the night unfolded in a traditional Ukrainian fashion, and at one point I found myself singing 50 Cent's "In da club" at the top of my voice while racing down a freeway in some random guy's brand new car.

The night was a success to say the least, and the following day I headed out to teach my beloved disc golf to some Ukrainians. They thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can see Disc Golf blowing up in Ukraine if it will be introduced properly. I should have introduced it sooner, now that I think about it, due to the fact that it's a nice leisurely sport (Ukrainians love walking around) and it also can involve drinking- 2 for 2!

Anyways, on Saturday my site mate and I went out in the center and just star gazed with some of our Ukrainian friends, and afterwards headed to my house. Back at my house, we taught them how to play some "Kings Cup", and that went over successfully (but not so much for my neighbors, who complained of the noise, even though they make so much noise themselves).

In short, this weekend was great, and I wish spring would have stuck around a bit longer- it's now cold again :(. However, on the upside it was nice and warm over the weekend, and I got to wear shorts for the first time this year! Successsssss!
Here are a couple of photos :)

Everyone in my apartment

Max, Dilya, Lilya, and Yulya (yeah all girls names end in a -ya)


Free stylin' on the bed

Homie's on beds- I should start a new photo-series


Yes- first timer and he's already one finger spinnin'- Ukrainians are gonna be gods at this sport when they figure out how fun it is.

Rippin' one.

Found some friends
Oh hai козел!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

KBH Comedy

Today I was invited to photograph my students in what's called "KVN". KVN is short for something, but this something has not been discovered by yours truly as of yet. In short, it is a competition between teams given a theme, such as "song" "dance" or "skit about something specific", and they must complete each task as a team. The themes were extremely funny, and I think one of them was babushka's on marshutkas or something along those lines.

One of my students ended up winning, and my best friend Lilya's team got second. They were all extremely funny, and at one point I choked on my sprite I laughed so hard. My favorite skit had to be "Hindi Harry Potter" where two guys dressed up as harry potter and draco malfoy (i think) were about to dual with wands, but at the last moment busted out some hindi bollywood dancing using their wands as flutes instead- I lost it completely, I think I rolled on the floor.

It just goes to show you, many people think of Ukrainian/Eastern Europeans to be so dull and serious, but here they were making me laugh harder than i've ever laughed in my life. Take that stereo-types.

To my students and friends who were part of this show, BRAVO!

Here are some pictures that didn't capture nearly as much hilarity that occured this afternoon: