Tag: Ukraine

[Glimpses of Ukraine]

[Glimpses of Ukraine]

As some of you may know, I live in Ukraine.* I have a love / hate relationship with this country. Sometimes I can talk for hours about the benefits of living here, and sometimes all I can think of is “When will I finally leave this wretched place?” Yeah, like I said, love / hate.

[no one knows…]

[no one knows…]

It seems like no one knows anymore what is going on in my country. The pictures below were taken today in the afternoon. There are two “tent camps” on the main street, Khreshchatyk. The one on the left consists of people who are on the side of our ex-prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, who just spent …

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[the reasons]

[the reasons]

A lot of people consider me a maniac. Why? Because I just spent the two weeks of my vacation time (which is the only vacation time I get in summer) with kids at a camp being a counsellor. Some call me a maniac, some say that they are proud of me. I don’t know – …

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[can you carry me?]

[can you carry me?]

This post is inspired by memories from the camp and by a powerful post by Duane Scott – go read it – it’s awesome. It was the very last morning. In just a few hours, we would pack into busses and leave the camp. We were busy preparing the final day video presentations at night …

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[option to give up]

[option to give up]

It was 6:30AM on day #4. The counsellors were mostly alive, yet the tiredness was already settling in their eyes. Coffee was a drug of choice. Prayers were said with eyes open (otherwise, the danger of drifting away was big). The day ahead was an important one – it was the day when the kids …

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[a tube of carmex]

[a tube of carmex]

One morning at the counselors’ meeting, we were given a task. Each team had to bring an object to the evening meeting. Any object. It was a very tough day for me (and not just me) and as a result I completely forgot about this task until the time of the meeting came and someone mentioned …

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[the camp: there and back again]

[the camp: there and back again]

I am still alive, in case you have wondered. The last 10 days of my life were spent in a children’s camp at the Azov Sea and I made a decision not to check my e-mail / update Facebook / write blog posts while there so that it would not distract me from the reason …

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[the observer]

[the observer]

I went to the 30 Seconds to Mars concert tonight. Learned a few lessons, but will talk about them later. Because I managed to get sick (very lightheaded) even before Mars guys got on the stage, I had to hastily make my way out of the crowd and sit on the floor for a couple …

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[separation pain wave]

[separation pain wave]

It has been almost a week since I’ve said good bye to my team. I want my boys back! The wave of nostalgia tsunami-ed over me just now. Dang, it hurts. Partly it’s because mom’s gone for the day and I am home alone with my thoughts. Partly it’s due to all the blog posts about families …

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[a taste of Ukraine]

[a taste of Ukraine]

I decided to let you get a glimpse of the country where I am from: Ukraine. Some visitors of this blog have seen this with their own eyes, some did not have a chance, so it will be a reminder / an experience. The pictures were all taken by me last year in Pirogovo where …

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