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Farewell America, Hello Europe!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Kate and I are off!

Watch out Europe we are coming for you! 8 countries and 3 weeks lay ahead of us of new adventures and experiences. For those of you who do not know our travel plan it is…



My favorite part about it is, in all of these large cities we have a list of cultural activities and sights to see but when you scroll the itinerary we created to Brussels it literally just says “chocolate and waffles”.

Obviously I started off the day on a good path when on the way to the airport I called it a post office. Dad said he was going to stick a stamp on me and hope for the best.


Kate And I!

Kate And I!

Just wanted to give a shoutout to the parental units and say thanks for everything! Both Kate and I are so excited!

Daddio and I (insert mother here ^)

Daddio and I (insert mother here ^)

Kate and her momma bear

Kate and her momma bear

We were a little worried boarding onto our little hop over flight to Charlotte because the announcer started declaring all of the cabins full and Kate was trying not to check her bag. We got lucky that we happened to find a space (after I shoved some unknowing persons stuff far to a side) and didn’t have to worry about it. Now we are currently sitting in the Charlotte Airport waiting the arrival of our plane. Kate and “Little Osprey” (her backpack) are sitting across from me while i’m just praying on “Cookie” (my suitcase) meeting me in Dublin…

See ya in Dublin!


Ponies, Big Wheels, and Brides…Oh, My!

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

I feel like I’ve been slacking on the blog posting – I promise to do better and blog more! I feel like so much has happened since my arrival post! I am fully adjusted from the jetlag (thank God!) and have explored some more. I can definitely cross getting lost off my list of things to do in Kyiv as I got lost trying to find a building at my campus and wandered around the area for about an hour. At least I got some great pics out of it!

This afternoon marked the beginning of one of many exploration days (tomorrow will be number 2 as Kaley, another Fulbrighter named Luke, and I plan to have a “photo day” in the heart of the city). Kaley and I went to one of the museums next door to our apartment building, the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Art. There was tons to see from Byzantine pieces to works from Japan, Turkey and Iran. The most remarkable thing about the museum wasn’t its exhibits though, it was who we saw there. Apparently, this is the place to be if you’re getting married. We saw 4 different wedding parties taking pictures and we were only there for about an hour and a half!

After the museum, we wandered across the street to Taras Shevchenko park to people watch and take pictures. Brilliant idea on our part. While walking around the beautiful park and eating some really yummy ice cream, we saw children running around at the playground, old men playing chess, cards and dominoes, a fundraiser for stray animals (Kaley and I both bought something), and children being led around on ponies. Wait, wait…ponies? Yup, that’s right. If you’re in the mood for a miniature horse ride, then head on over to Taras Shevchenko park. Ponies not your thing? That’s ok, you can also rent a big wheel type cart or one of those little Jeeps we all loved so much as kids (sadly, there were no Barbie ones). Just another day in the park, I guess.



After getting over my initial amusement with the ponies and the big wheels, it was time to check out the rest of what the park had to offer. Fittingly there is a huge statue of Taras Shevchenko in the center, right across from the university named after him. While wandering, Kaley and I made some new friends, too. We started taking pictures of the gentlemen playing chess and cards and a few of the men came over to talk to us. One thing I am definitely learning how to get better at is communicating despite a language barrier. This typically involves lots of gestures and pointing but it always works out for the best. This time, we were able to exchange names, get their blessing to take pictures and shake hands without much of a language problem.



Tomorrow I will post about our photo day adventure – till then, pro-shya-váy (bye) and dyá-koo-yu (thank you) for reading!

Winding Down

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Things are going to be pretty boring here for awhile. I’ll be busy finishing up classes, exams presentations and papers within the next three weeks. It seems very strange that things will actually be coming to a close! Marisa, one of my best friends here, just left to go back to the U.S. yesterday. Very sad!

So this all means that I need to seriously begin making travel plans! (If I can afford it and have company.) Which has proven to be very stressful. And I just called to try and change my flight for earlier and was told there is nothing available. If I can’t change it, I will be here for at least two weeks with no friends and no money! Oh well. I’ll keep calling back…