Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Поїду до Харкова!

For those of you whose Ukrainian might be a little rusty, the title means "I'm going to Kharkiv!"  Yes, I have made the decision! There is something about Ukraine that I just can't resist and the program is really what I am looking for.  Furthermore, I have decided that I will stay in Kharkov for the whole year. (By the way, I'm just going to clear it up now that the city can be spelled with either an "O" or an "I" in the last syllable depending on if it is in Ukrainian or Russian, so I will probably flipping back and forth throughout the blog)  I had considered pursuing an internship in the second semester, but I have decided on studying for the year for several reasons.  First of all, I still have many summers and semesters to do an internship.  Right now it is more important for me to improve my language skills, especially considering that I will be studying Ukrainian as well.  In addition, if I stay in Kharkov the whole year the program allows me to stay in my apartment during the break between the semesters.  If I took an internship, I still wouldn't come back to the U.S., but would instead be playing homeless gypsy around Europe with ALL of my stuff. Yeah, not so fun. Another reason is that I plan to volunteer teaching English in Kharkov.  I have fallen so in love with teaching the munchkins here and I think that it would be neat to establish a sort of pen pal exchange program between the students in Bloomington and the students in Kharkov.  They are a little young to write each other as pen pals, but they are articulate enough to convey things for me to write, in addition to sending pictures and other small things to each other.  Staying for an entire year will allow me to more meaningfully engage in such a project.  I can't wait! It will do me good to be in one place for an academic year and to really settle and become comfortable there.  It's been a lot of paper work, stress, praying, and waiting, but I'm ready to embrace this next adventure! When do I get to start the countdown?!? ;)

In other news related to my life, today I had my first wipe-out of the running season! Lauren and I were about halfway into our 4 mile run, going slightly downhill, when suddenly I was on the ground.  It honestly happened so fast that I can't say for sure what happened, but I think that I didn't pick my foot up high enough and just caught my toe on the sidewalk.  With two scraped knees, scraped palms, and a blow to the left shoulder I was up again in a few second and after ensuring that all was well, we started running again.  I looked pretty rough with blood running down both of my legs, but the scrapes really weren't too deep and the best way to not focus on it was to just keep going.  Once we got back to the gym I realized that my little tumble has resulted in my ID card falling.  And since our ID cards run our lives for the most part, that was a bit frustrating. I was just saying recently how happy I was that almost 2 years of college and I've never lost it...oh well, it happens.  Chelsea was awesome enough to buy me dinner with her meal points (I covered her once a while ago when she thought that she had lost hers), so I was able to get some dinner and tomorrow morning I'll go get a new card.
Other than that, the run was wonderful.  The weather was perfect! Running in shorts and a t-shirt in February? I'll take that! Lauren pushed me a lot and I'm really thankful for that.  It's all worth it in the end.  Life is good :)

Всего хорошего!

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