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My Peace Corps Experience in Ukraine

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It’s been a while!

Posted by defyphysics on August 6, 2011

Monday July 25th

It’s been a while since I’ve written, and it would be impossible to sum up my transition to my new city, my new job, and my new apartment. It would also be impossible to recall every amazing, inspiring or weird event I have experienced since I’ve written last.  I will try and recall my impressions and some highlights since my last entry though.

Ukrainians know how to celebrate.  Every time I’ve been to a Birthday Party, holiday, a wedding, or a christening of something new, it’s been fun.  There is always food, always great people, and always a great time.  I’m always learning a new Ukrainian tradition that usually dictates my future in some way.  Ukraine is full of traditions, and I’m starting to believe every family has different ones, because sometimes an action can be a blessing or a curse, depending on who you are around at the time.

Some of the amazing things I’ve done are running in the morning along the top of the valley where cliffs drop 150 feet below, watched people jump from a bridge crossing the valley on a rigged up swing that takes them close to the water when they drop (almost bungee jumping), mountain biking around a beautiful park, rowed a boat to an island with an abandoned nursing home, and jumped 10 feet from rocks into a spring-filled rock quarry.  One of the cool things about being a visitor in a town where there aren’t many tourists (like Orlando), is that everyone wants to show you their favorite places and favorite things to do in their hometown.  I know I haven’t even hit the tip of the iceberg here, since I’ve had many invites to people’s favorite places all over Ukraine, not just my city.  That will come later I suppose.

As for the people I’ve met, my list of people I know and trust grows daily, and it’s been really cool to meet so many great people.  Sometimes it’s even overwhelming! I’ve found that when you decide to do something exciting and extraordinary in your life, you attract other exciting and extraordinary people into your life as well.


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