It’s here; the official one month until departure date. To celebrate, well at least recognize, today as the beginning of my last thirty-one days in the States let’s just take a look at where I’m at in the whole prepare-for-two-years-in-a-foreign-country task.
Things I don’t yet know:
- The specific area (oblast) where I’ll be staying
- Whether I’ll be going it alone or living with a host family for two years
- Whether ‘outhouse’ and/or ‘bucket-shower’ will become new staple vocabulary in my personal hygiene routine
- How to communicate effectively in Ukrainian or Russian
- If an ‘Alei’ can exist in Ukraine (from what I can tell their alphabet doesn’t have an ‘a’ as in ‘apple’ sound)
- How on Earth I’m going to get by w/o talking to my family & friends regularly
- That this list could go on for a depressing amount of bullet points
Things I know:
- How to say “Wouldn’t you like to have lunch with me?” and “I want to buy a CD” in Ukrainian
- How to type the Cyrillic alphabet on my new little baby netbook: жчуцфйб, ен?
- That I’m going to feign vegetarianism
Oy vey. I hope this is a productive month.