I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but I’ve been crazy busy! Between camps, visiting friends, the Euro Cup, and going to Russia, I’ve barely had a minute to get back to the internet. I have a few days at home now, so I thought I’d update you all on what I’ve been doing since I last posted!
At the beginning of June, I took a 10-day trip to Russia with a few other Peace Corps friends. In short, it was a GREAT trip! I’m not sure what I expected, but I was shocked to find friendly people, beautiful cities (Moscow and Saint Petersburg), and pure Russian language. This last one might not seem like a big deal, but living in Ukraine and speaking Russian means I’m occasionally running into Ukrainian words, signs in Ukrainian, menus in Ukrainian etc. It was so cool to be somewhere where literally everything was in Russian!
I only uploaded a select few Russia pictures here, but here’s a link to more if you’re interested: https://plus.google.com/photos/107346328342222106764/albums/5755418227739425729?authkey=CN_N6___r7jrjQE
After I got home from Russia, I left the next day for Donetsk for the Semifinal game of the Euro Cup! Not only was the game fun, but it was really cool to see so many international tourists in Donetsk. I have never heard so much English being spoken in Ukraine! On the whole, I think everyone was really positively impressed by Ukraine and their handling of the Euro Cup, despite all the negative press leading up to it.
I left the next evening for Kiev for the weekend. Because the Euro Cup final was being hosted in Kiev that weekend, there was also a FREE Queen and Elton John concert in downtown Kiev the night before the final. Lucky me! And then the next night, I got to watch the Euro Cup final from the fan zone in Kiev. It was really cool!
I returned to Lugansk just in time to celebrate the Fourth of July with a bunch of other Peace Corps volunteers! It was a blast. We made hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, and even got a hold of some fireworks. It wasn’t quite the same as watching the fireworks at the lake, but it was still pretty great!
I had a few days back home before I left for Camp MAKE in Donetsk for two weeks. What a great camp! It was a fun group of Peace Corps volunteers and an even better group of Ukrainian students. It’s rare for me to get to work with students who have such a high level of English, so it was a real treat.
I have a few days at home now before I leave for another Peace Corps camp in Nikolaev (near Odessa). It’s been a whirlwind summer thus far and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks!