Roommates and Drama

I mentioned this once before but we have a roommate. For those that have been following this record you will know that she is the one that brought the whole bed bug epidemic upon us. It has been a slow road to recovery. I am getting older and with age I think that I have…

Club Students Not Seals

The Drama Club has breathed new life into my Peace Corps existence. I know many of the posts that I write here depict a struggle or some negative aspect of being in Ukraine but there are patches of happiness too. This being a blog, an electronic journal, means that when I recount my adventure here…

ATM

There has yet to be a month during my service in Ukraine where I did not argue with an ATM. The machine itself is perfectly compliant and even has an English setting so I am able to use it easily enough. The row comes when I need to pull out my remaining funds after a…

Babushka

I took the trolley-bus home, something I said I would never do again. The trolley-bus is new, modern, and only costs one UAH to ride. Retired individuals are allowed to ride it for free. As the weather has turned to snow no one walks to work or to the store anymore and the busses fill…

Sunday Find

As some of you know I am highly interested in travel writing. This Sunday I would like to share a blog post from a Peace Corps Volunteer that has finished their service. It’s a great piece because it takes all the aggression from day to day struggles and challenges and sums up two year of…

Concert and Cafe

Today I walked to school. The earth was frozen in some places, slushy in others, and a constant frigid wind pummeled me as I walked. It felt like being in the Palouse all over again. My time spent at Washington State was time that I should have spent in reconnaissance, you know, to build up…

Snow. Government. Heat.

It’s snowing. This morning when I woke up the world was a flurry with dancing white flakes. It was also really cold. I received a phone call yesterday from my Counterpart informing me that there will be no more school for the next three weeks because the Ukrainian Local Government wants to save money. The…

Post Office

This morning I did not go to school. I am still waiting for the text message to inform me of my schedule. I am hoping that it will arrive soon. I decided that my school has to the end of October to work out the teaching schedule or I will transfer to a different institute.…