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Category Archives: daily life

four more days

Wow. I can’t believe that I’m moving in four days. It’s really been a great, and totally crazy at times, experience living over here. I’ve made some life long friends, have grown up a little, and learned a lot about how different the world is. I really feel lucky to have had this experience, and […]


Yep, it’s that time of year again. Already. Seems like it just thawed, but here we go again with the white stuff.
Jaroslav and his plate of cookies are now frosted….

And Chauncey just saw his first snow. I had dreams of him running around, chasing snowflakes, rolling in the snow. All happy and excited like, well, […]

autumnie goodness

So it’s that most wonderful time of the year where the leaves are falling off the trees, the days are getting shorter and I finally get to drag out the boots and jackets and scarves I’ve been missing the past few months.
Squirrels are setting aside nuts for a long winter ahead:

I’m digging the mix of […]

outside of kiev

The weather has been fantastic here the past few days, and a friend of mine has been telling me that she’s going to take me outside the city so I can see some of Ukraine, and not just Kiev. Well, today it finally happened. But it was cool, because we had a map.

And it was […]


This last month has been crazy. Work has been insane, my mom came to visit and then since she can’t fly direct from Kiev to Chicago, we decided to go somewhere fun for a couple of days on her way back home. We were going to go to Istanbul, but for some reason flights were […]

kiev is old…

I just went and checked a fact (shocking, no?) before writing this. See, I’ve been seeing these ads all over town…

and I’d asked a friend who I’d thought said it was the 1020th anniversary of Kiev, and the patriarch of the church (old beardie on the left there) was coming to Kiev to celebrate.
1020 years […]

yes, it is a cup of urine…

Good Morning!

My stairwell. Cup of Urine. I couldn’t decide if I should be happy that someone actually peed in a cup rather then all over the stairs like they normally do, or kind of horribly disgusted by the cup or urine.  Then the it sat in my hall for three days. Hey, I can’t really […]

dear winter

Dear Winter,
I think it’s time for you to go now. We had some good times - like remember that time that I was walking outside for about 15 minutes and got these bigish spots that turned out to be a mild form of frostbite? Or how about the time when I had to walk to […]


I went to see a movie the other night, and ended up on a hill overlooking Maidan. It was a new view on the square for me, and much nicer, I’m sure when it’s warmer.

and the Christmas tree is still up…

which I know would drive my friend Marco crazy. He gets completely unhinged seeing a […]

I thought everything would be closed today…

I stocked up on water. I went shopping yesterday. I cursed myself for not buying olive oil, and then I remembered that I’d bought some “fancy”(rip off!) oil in Istanbul, so game on, I could cook today.
Turns out I needn’t have worried. I was sitting around today thinking…I know it’s cold, but I should at […]

I think I’m alone now…

I’m pretty sure I’m one of like 5 other people still in Kiev. It’s Christmas tomorrow, and just about everyone has headed out of town.

But that’s actually fine, as it gives me more time to get back into this time zone, and I can also pretend I’m staring in my very own version of “I […]


I had some friends in town this weekend and I took them to some of the same places I go all the time. I love, however, how you can see a place newly through someone else’s eyes. Like this, for example:

I was always too busy looking at the pig heads to see the giant axes […]

and so it begins…

Yesterday was a beautiful fall day.

and, of course, I didn’t really take advantage of it…walked around a bit, did a tiny bit of shopping, then scurried back to my house to finish off the season of “mad men” I’d downloaded last week. And I woke up this morning to this:

Of course, because I’m an idiot […]

this is why i don’t take the bus

Mostly because I still can’t read…well, OK, I can read, I just have no idea what the words I can sound out mean.

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

Oh boy, do I love Autumn. It’s not quite there yet, but I’m thinking two or three weeks tops and I’ll be crunch crunch crunching my way around town.

The reason I stopped to take this photo is on my way up the hill, there was a breeze that was blowing the leaves off the trees, […]