So guess what I was for Halloween. Give up? Quarantined by the Ukrainian government due to the Swine flu epidemic. Oh and Halloween apparently lasts for three weeks. My costume is adorable & includes a mask made of gauze. Welcome to my world.
Now please don’t worry, we’re actually not in danger at all & I hear that the Swine is much worse back at home but Ukrainians really don’t like sickness so they take overzealous precautions. Case in point…due to the H1N1 outbreak in Lviv (12 hours away from us) our schools have been cancelled for 3 weeks which means we have a 3 week respite from lesson planning to learn this crazy language with our new & amazing teacher. It also means however, that I have to start my mornings and end my nights with a full shot glass of onion juice soaked with a little bit of honey. As you can imagine, I smell great.
We did have an adorable little Halloween party w/ my other trainees complete w/ pumpkin carving. Apparently cows eat pumpkins here so we regularly stumble upon huge piles of them. I miss you all a ton and caramel apples were not to be found but it did make the first holiday away from home a lot more bearable. I hope you all had wonderful holidays too 🙂
We’re in Kyiv now at the Peace Corps office so I am off to hopefully find a workout video in Ukrainain but I think I’ll have internet access again tomorrow & can be more thorough. пока!