Happy New year! Crazy to think it is 2011! And what a crazy year it will be!!! (I hope)
So, I only have two years left here in Ukraine! Woot. Not that I am super stoked to leave or anything! Speaking of leaving, I met this volunteer from group 36, (I’m group 40) , and he will be leaving in 6 months. He told me that leaving was scaring him terribly and that he was having nightmares about leaving. Funny though, because he said it was the same way he felt when he was coming TO Ukraine. Scary stuff that…I have two years left, but I am already scared about going home.
So to clarify, (Based on frightened comments from my mother), I am not stationed near anything dangerous and I am safe. The only reason I will not put my location on my blog is because it is PUBLIC. I would hate some random American-hater to read my blog, see my location and come murder me. And it is not because of where I am located that this is a worry, it is because people are crazy, no matter where you go. So, I am safe, don’t worry. 🙂
So New Years was fun. I spent it with my neighbors and their two nephews. They are a fun lot. The two nephews are 4 and 6 and there is also a 9 year old son. Hes a kick! HE apparently got into some accident in school so his spine is all messed up and he doesn’t go to school anymore. Instead, he gets a personal tutor everyday. Hes a really cool kid and its great that his mother and him are always home. She is wonderful too. The best part about going to their house is that no one there speaks English, except the one of two words the son prides himself on), so I get a lot of Russian practice. Also, the mom is very friendly and talkative so I feel no pressure to think of something to say, and I am sure ti will also expand my vocabulary listening to her. 🙂 She also has a husband named Victor. He doesn’t talk much but he seems like an interesting fellow and he always helps me with household problems. He is also beast with wood cutting and there are several objects laying around their house to prove it.
Ukrainian Christmas is net week, but I have gathered that my town isn’t very religious and Christmas is a very religious holiday here. I celebrated USA Christmas in Donetsk with some other volunteers in the region. It was fun the first night but the second night I got sick! Lame. Apparently my region has started this cool Christmas tradition where volunteers do a secret Santa gift exchange, BUT, instead of buying normal gifts, instead we buy ridiculous gifts. The gifts ranged from Barbie-Doctor-Dolls, the tiny chests with a bunch of value-less coins to Viking hats. My gift was a bunch of Crystal-Light and Texas-Pete that a volunteer had received in a care package and didn’t want. Ha, turns out it was a pretty useful gift. My Texas-Pete ran out. Which by the way if any of you decide to be a doll and send me a care-package, Texas Pete is the current way to my heart.
So now I am off the the local Pizza place to meet up and eat Pizza. (And maybe some beer too. 🙂 I have been sitting around doing nothing this break so I figured its about time I get out and community-integrate. Which is super hard in the winter by the way. I mean who REALLY wants to go out in this COLD weather and meet people. Theres no one to meet in the weather because NO ONE wants to be in the cold!!! I’m telling you, what brilliant soul decided to set me up from community integration in the dead of winter???
Oh, by the way, I bought new boots! I am really excited about this! They are real leather and fur-lined! And they have a big flower on each of them! And they only cost me over half of my month’s allowance! (Be fair though, there was no way I was getting cheaper boots than that, Ali bought cheaper boots and they fell apart in 2 weeks. And now guess what? She went home. Anyways, I needed boots.) 🙂