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… and the adventure begins again!

This first month of school has been a total rollercoaster of emotions!  Between first day jitters, stress from organizing too many clubs, and getting a handle on the emotions of teenagers (or at least trying to); it has taken me the whole month to get back into the groove of things.  During my free time (which wasn’t much), I enjoyed reading a few books that my school got from Darien Book Aid.  I already finished up Write Before Your Eyes...

My First Christmas in Ukraine!

This year’s Christmas season began on the day I arrived in Opishnya, December 7th.  The seventh of December is an important day for Americans, myself, and Ukrainians, but for very different reasons.  It is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance day, my Swearing-In day, and Saint. Catherine’s day.  In Ukraine, St. Catherine’s day marks the start of the Christmas season.  Saint Catherine of Alexandria is a Christian Saint, who died in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius.  St....

Happy Thanksgiving!

On December 7, 2016, I swore-in as a Peace Corps volunteer.  I will be teaching English in Ukraine for the next two years (and I can’t imagine spending the next two years any other way).  I will be spending this week: observing classes, helping with research, deciding on my future Ukrainian classes (literature and language), and giving presentations.  Even though I won’t be teaching any classes, I am excited to do what I can before the winter break!  As I...