Sunday, June 26, 2011

It shouldn't be this cold on June 26th

Today marks the end of my second week in Kiev! I am continuing to get more and more used to life here and this city is starting to feel like home. This week the weather has gotten quite cold with temperatures in the low 60s and a constant drizzle. I didn't do a lot during the week except lots of "гулять"ing (going for walks) but I found several really beautiful parks and places to relax around Kiev. One park I particularily liked was really green wih lots of trees and flowers and a really pretty fountain. The only problem with these places is that I usually find them as a result of random meandering amd can't seem to find them very easily a second time. Yesterday I went on an excursion organized by the school to the museum of thr Great Patriotic War (WWII). Right when we were approaching the museum a hige graduation ceremony for military cadets was finishing up in the square outside of the museum. It was really fascinating to see an event of such national pride and all of the proud young soldiers and their families. The museum itself painted an interesting picture of the war. The main idea I got from the exhibits and presentation of the history is that more than anything that war marks a period of terrible tragedy for the Ukrainian people. Those individuals who sacrificed themselves both on the front line of battle and through their actions as ordinary citizens are given the highest praise in that museum. Another interesting fact about the sovirt war effort during WWII is that women fought in the war tsking roles from medics and cooks to snipers and front line soldiers. Such equality in the conscription of men and women was unheard of in that time period in most of the rest of the world. All in all it was a great excutsion amd I cant wait to take embark on some of the other adventures i am currently scheming. After the museum I hing out with Sasha and explored the giant mall by my apartment a little. Despite the rain it was a funfilled afternoon. I hae recently wathed two russian films, given to me by my teacher. "The Barber of Siberia" and "Young Ekaterina". I hVe to say i enjoyed the former more, but they were both interesting. Not sure what i will occupy the rest of y day wih because of his weaher, but i'll find something to do. Hope all is well wherever you are in the world reading this.
Всего хорошего!

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