Highlights of the Week: Mid-November

  • I’ve been featured in an Alumni Profile on the Oberlin Athletics website. So proud to be an Obie!
  • My Peace Corps Partnership Project (PCPP) grant has been posted online! Please consider donating a little money so my school here can get some multimedia equipment for the English classroom.
  • I was asked on Wednesday by my school director if I could teach some English to my town’s police in preparation for the 2012 EuroCup that Ukraine is co-hosting…starting on Thursday. (I didn’t actually end up having to teach today, but we went to the police station to meet the vice-director.)
  • I introduced the game UNO to my English clubs this week — with an English-task twist. They loved it and were all amazed that I can shuffle cards what I see as the “normal” (“poker”) way. (Ukrainians shuffle by holding the deck in one hand and mixing the cards in that way; the “simple” way.) I told them most Americans shuffle the way I do — that’s how we learn. Funny, the little cultural differences that appear out of nowhere.
  • I’m reading Milton’s Paradise Lost and it is awesome. Dense but fascinating, and Milton’s writing is gorgeous. I’m learning a lot of religious/biblical history (though it’s slightly fictionalized/Milton-slanted).
  • I found dried cranberries at my grocery store! Those of you who know what I eat for breakfast almost every morning know that this is a big deal.
  • My school director said my hair looked pretty when I had it scrunched to be a little wavy. A compliment on appearance is a tall order in Ukraine — I’ll take what I can get!
  • TODAY IS MY DAD’S BIRTHDAY. IF YOU SEE TERRY PLEASE GIVE HIM A BIG BIRTHDAY HUG! LAST WEEK WAS MY BROTHER’S BIRTHDAY, SO FEEL FREE TO GIVE DANA A BIG HUG, TOO.

I leave you with some autumn colors:

Kosiv, Ukraine. “Pre-Carpathian,” Hutsl land.

My walk to school.

Fall colors, church. Sniatyn.

School no. 1, Sniatyn.

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