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A Thousand Years Within Walking Distance

Kiev was founded over fifteen hundred years ago, and though it’s grown into a sprawling  city of almost three million, many layers of its history are visible around the center of the city. 117 more words

Staging and Arrival Retreat!

The Peace Corps holds a staging event right before each group takes off to their respective country. My staging event was held in Philadelphia, PA and it was awesome! 304 more words


Packing for Service!

Fitting two years worth of clothes and supplies into two 50 pound suitcases is not an easy task. The Peace Corps allows volunteers from “cold weather” countries (Ukraine definitely qualifies) to bring 100 pounds of baggage within certain size restraints. 679 more words


Part X: Chapter One - Books Read March-Sept 2017

So,  I read a lot.  Here is a collection of the titles I read during the last 6 months and little descriptors that may help you decide to read them, or not.   1,763 more words


Devolution Ukraine: Pt 1.

The Ukrainian national parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, recently adopted a new framework law on education that brings the system closer to European standards. The European Training Foundation (ETF) provided advice and support on key aspects such as the decentralization of vocational education and training (VET), lifelong learning and quality assurance. 358 more words


Part IX: Chapter Six - In the Heat of the Balkans (07 2017)

The winding roads, the clear, turquoise water, the baking tiles and marble, the flowing fountain water. Everywhere you looked, there was an extreme: blistering heat, impossibly jagged cliffs, throngs of pressing tourists just disinterred from cruise ships.   1,388 more words