Sunday, July 27, 2014


Although we're somewhere on the streets of New York right now (unless something has gone really wrong), I wanted to share this small collection of pictures and quotes with you, things that caught my attention for one reason or another. All of the photos are from Kharkiv and, except for the photo of the church, taken within the past month.

"It's like we're living on the slope of a volcano." -a friend speaking about Ukraine, winter 2014

"Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages." -Dave Barry

"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world." Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher, 1889-1951

"I don't think apologizing works with Ukrainians. You can say "I'm sorry" but make it sound like you're not." - D (after a visit to the train ticket office)

using the yes/no packing method

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. -Anne Frank

"Sex, drugstore, and rock'n'roll." -said a friend during a Scrabble game

From D, during a discussion on why cows are so prevalent in Ukrainian advertisements- "People like cows. They have an aura of trust."

"No one can protect them except for you" - photo taken at night in downtown Kharkiv

 "If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job." -Donald D. Quinn

our schedule for the final month of conversation clubs

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning." - Louis L'Amour

"If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new." -Voltaire

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow." -Anita Desai


  1. Oh no, we're teaching YOLO and FOMO now?!

    Hope you all have made it and are having a nice time in the States. This was a lovely last little peek into Kharkov life.

    1. Haha, yeah, why not teach it? Because you know, YOLO ; )

  2. Enjoy your relaxation time and possibly you may consider instagram, an easy way of photo-blogging and keeping profile out here.

    Here's my latest effort:

    1. Oh, gotta love a new blog from you, Rupert, how cool!

      I've thought about using instagram... will look into it more, thank you. But honestly all my photos now will be of things like peanut butter and other ordinary things that now feel foreign ; )