I am absolutely thrilled to say that I’m typing this from a wireless connection in downtown Kyiv AND I just ate sushi AND I’m on my first unchaperoned trip out of Morozivka 🙂 After last week’s excursion with our wonderful language teacher we have finally been deemed able to navigate the city well enough to not be a gigantic liability (theoretically) so Emily, Thomas & I wasted to time in hopping a marshrutka to a place where the coffee isn’t freeze dried and the internet is free. This bright new world of technology also means that I was finally able to post my pictures & they can be seen here (there’s also a link on the side that says ‘pictures’). I’ve done a truly terrible job of documenting everything but I think we’ll be able to get at least one more trip in so I should I have better pictures up within the next few weeks.
It’s been kind of difficult to accurately describe what this whole experience has been like so far so I’ll do a little play by play of my day yesterday to illustrate:
- I woke up at 7:30, heated water in the our kettle & brought my mug of instant coffee & a banana to have with the last of my peanut butter while I said my morning prayers in my room.
- Approximatel20 minutes after finishing my ‘Mom’ had me go to the kitchen and have a piece of chocolate cake for breakfast part dva.
- I got ready, donned the full length parka & headed through the bazaar to the train station to catch our 8:45 elektretchka to Barishivka
- After walking past a man selling knives on the crowded train we quickly hopped off and started the 30 minute trek to our teacher’s apartment.
- We spent 3 hours learning about how to adapt Ukrainian textbooks & then had a cross cultural session about gender roles in Ukrainian which was particularly welcome as the principal of our school is a man & despite being very nice refuses to shake any of our hands except Thomas, the lone male. Cultural adjustments galore.
- After class I went back home, had borsch with my ‘family’ & then spent a few hours writing lesson plans.
- I’ve been asking to help around the house & usually am laughed at & ignored (nicely though) so I was thrilled when Snijanna knocked on my door & asked if I wanted to help cook. The next 2 hours were spend making mlintsi (like crepes) filled with sweet cheese of some sort which was fun but a little painful as we didn’t use a spatula but went the ‘pick it up and flip it with your finger’ route instead. (I also can successfully peel potatoes and kiwis with a knife now too…not bragging, just saying).
- Next on the agenda was savoring some more borsch & a few too many of the mlintsi.
- I’ve taken to running in place in my room like an idiot while going through flashcards so that followed my dinner in a fruitless attempt to undo all of the carb ingestion.
- An hour or so into it my other ‘sis’ came in & told me that that was enough exercising & that it was time to drink tea & eat more mlintsi. Vicious circle much? So I drank some tea, ate some lard & pretended like I understood the Ukrainian horoscope games that we played at the table.
- I finished up the Saturday joining the whole fam in watching a little of a Russian show called ‘Dance for Your Dreams’ where as far as I can tell people dance in crazy costumes & apparently the winners give money to a charity or something? Who knows really.
So there you have it, a day in the life. Fascinating, no? I still feel a little bit like I’m in a middle school sleep-away camp w/ our schedule & curfews & whatnot but I genuinely like it here so it’s all good. Battery’s almost out so poka for now!