(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.)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

З Днем незалежності!!!

Happy Ukrainian Independence day to everyone! I'm a day late, but I come bearing pictures, so you must forgive me. Yesterday was Ukraine's 21st birthday. I'm happy to report that it was a successful one as well.

The day started off with the arrival of my project equipment! It was my birthday present to Ukraine in a way. I was ecstatic (as you may recognize in the pictures) and couldn't have asked for a better start to the day. I will post more pictures once we get the lab up and running. A big thanks to everyone who donated and made this possible!

Afterwards, Nastya and I headed to the local market to get some things to make "Dreneki" or Ukrainian version of potato pancakes. This included getting 2 kg of potatoes, green onions, garlic, eggs and home-made or "Damashni" Kalbasa (basically a Ukrainian sausage). The outcome was terrific, primarily because the sauce we made was a mushroom one that I learned how to make back home (Thanks Brooke!).

In the evening we went to the center of our town and celebrated by going to my friends house and partying. All in all, the day was a success, and I wish Ukraine a very happy 21st birthday, and to continue in the positive things that make this country so uniquely fantastic.


There it is in the flesh! Project almost completed!
Happy healthy students need fresh air- air purifier for the lab.
God why can't the bazaar be like this allllll year? Look at those prices! 
Mmmm MMmmmmmmmmmm
Yup. That happened.
O face.
Lil' Lil.

Fish face.
Smokin' drink.
Smokin' dat drink.
Kalyanin' (Kalyan= Hookah)
Mmmmmm mmmmm smoke.
Arm wrestling ladies.
Nastya wanted some of this, she learned the hard way.
Winner winner chicken dinner.
Vova is talented.
Even hawter. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ukrainian Summer 2012

It's crazy to think that i've been gone for the past two months. It's hard to believe that summer is coming to close here in a couple of weeks. It's even harder to believe that I will be leaving Ukraine in a little less than four months from today. That's right, I have my COS date- December 14th.

It's all been really surreal over here. I have had a great time, but as with everything in life, nothing lasts forever. I've been coming to grips with that reality as of late, and I think the more I accept it, the more i'm ready for the next stage in my life.

However, I must apologize because I have been way overdue with this blog. This blog is basically an update of everything that i've done this past summer which includes all of the summer camps I worked at as well as the travelling I did.

The summer camps were a blast. I did two big ones in Donetsk and then Kharkov. I want to thank all the students and counselors I worked with, they were absolutely amazing. I learned so much from everyone this summer, I feel like i'm a completely different person than I was a few months back.

As for the travels, I got to go to Lviv and Odessa which were fantastic. I fell in love with both of them and really want to go back to Lviv especially. What an incredible town. Hopefully my pictures did them a bit of justice. Below you can find albums from each summer event.

Love N