My reflections

During my flight that took over 8 hours, I had time to reflect on my journey.  Time went so quickly the past two weeks.  I enjoyed a few hours to look at my pictures, read my hand written journal and think about my own personal journey.

Ten thoughts about Ukraine:

10) Democratic government – Presidential Parliamentary System

The “White House” – location of Executive offices

9) Independence Day – August 24 (1991) – became an independent country from USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)

Victory Day – May 9 (1945) – end of World War II and fascist control

8) International Women’s Day – March 8 (1910) – political, social and economic equality for women

(This has become my favorite date to celebrate, a day to celebrate women’s role in society not celebrate because females are able to produce children, such as in U.S. Mother’s Day, a celebration of ALL women. Ok, done with my feminist stance.)

7) Co-hosts of Euro 2012 with Poland

Football (European football) Stadium in Kiev

Students at Gymnasium #57 made model out of legos to enter into a contest

6) Multilingual – most people speak Ukrainian and Russian, plus many people speak English, German, French, and Spanish

5) Ukrainian food –

Food prepared by students

Borscht

Varenyky (top left corner)

Perogy

Kovbasa or sosysky

Deruny or syrniki

Salo

4) Architecture

3) Traditional and modern at the same time

Motherland Statue (Kiev, Ukraine) – compare her height to me

Located at the port of Odesa, symbolizes the emergence of young Ukraine
Park decorated with pysanky eggs

2) Talented in the arts: music, drama, literature, dance and visual arts

Alexander Pushkin memorial

Students performing an American song, I don’t remember what it was

1) Warm, welcoming and thoughtful

This was the welcome we received when we arrived at Gymnasium #2 in Odessa

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