All posts tagged Ukraine

  • Always On My Mind

    It can be hard to articulate the depth of my feelings about Ukraine. There are so many fond memories, but also the sense of great loss. I found a piece of paperwork from Peace Corps recently, and sadness washed over me as I saw a small box in the top corner:

    “Projected Close of Service: 11-June-2015″
    “Termination Date: 14-April-2014″

    15 months too soon.

    And of course, I most often feel concern: deep, ever-present concern, for all of my friends, their families, the artists I work with, and the country as a whole.

  • The Evacuation Post

    On February 24th, all 230 Peace Corps Volunteers were safely evacuated out of Ukraine. It’s hard to believe that we’re all back in the United States, and it is still somewhat surreal to be home in Wisconsin.

    In the past three weeks, I’ve had many opportunities to talk about my experiences in Ukraine. I will post briefly here on evacuation and possible future options, highlighting some of the common questions I’ve been asked.

    Why were you evacuated? Were you in an unsafe area?

  • The Winter Update

    Time is flying by! It’s hard to believe it is almost mid-February already. I have been negligent in blog updates, so here is a recap of the past two months.

    Christmas, My Birthday, New Year’s

    The Orthodox Christmas is on January 7th, so December 25th was an ordinary day for most Ukrainians. I took the day off work and celebrated with two other Peace Corps Volunteers. We watched movies, ate unhealthy food, and relaxed. It was nice to have a lazy day.  A Christmas miracle  occurred, and a big box full of Christmas presents arrived on December 24th, 1 hour before I was catching the bus to my friend’s apartment. So, I was able to Skype and open gifts with my immediate family, and later I Skyped in to watch the festivities with my mom’s extended family. It was a real treat, and I felt like I was still part of the celebration, even from thousands of miles away.

  • News in Ukraine

    For friends and family everywhere – please take a moment to read what is happening in Ukraine. Regardless of your political views, your nationality, or your favorite news source, take 5 minutes out of your day to read about it, and another 5 minutes to educate someone else. Our world is interconnected, and what happens here matters everywhere.

    (And to put to rest any fears about me – I’m safe).

    For a news source actually based in Ukraine, I recommend the Kyiv Post – it’s the oldest English language paper in Ukraine, and they have been doing continuous updates on the protests since they first began in November. (Google translating news stories does not work well, hence my recommendation of an English source): http://www.kyivpost.com/