Now, I'm not about to accuse the nice reporter of what some former Alaskan politicians call "Gotcha Journalism" because unlike those inexperienced politicians, I know how to answer questions on the fly and know when questions are loaded (No, I can't see Russia from my house). I politely answered them in a way that satisfied both of us, but still was able to give that look of "Really...you're really going to ask me that?"
Some of my favorite questions included:
- How would you compare the students in the USA and the students in Ukraine? Which ones do you prefer and which ones are more interested in their education rather than money?
- What problems are you seeking to fix?
- Which do you like better, the healthy school lunches in Ukraine or the fatty ones in America?
- How will you live without fast food for two years?
- What is your biggest problem with Ukraine?
- How big is your house? (Referring to the States)
- Do you like our government/government officials?
- Does your President have a chance for 2 terms? (Yes, and his name is Barack Obama, ma'am)
The second interview with the radio station was very quick, and I'm sure he just needed a few soundbites of me stumbling over my Ukrainian words and laughing awkwardly. And then, he asked me to say the radio station's name which I thought was pretty cool. I forget what it was, but I can imagine some sort of radio lead in saying in Ukrainian: "You're listening to [INSERT Mr. Benjamin AWKWARDLY SAYING THE RADIO STATION NAME].
This afternoon, I was told that tomorrow I'm being whisked away somewhere up on the border of Belarus to watch our school's "Vaudville Team" (that's not what they're called, but it's the best way to describe them) perform in a competition about traffic rules. They have songs, comedy skits, dance routines, and films that they will show off. Why I am one of the lucky few that get to chaperon I'm still not sure, but as I was told about it today, my Principal finished with, "Oh and Benjamin...the newspaper and TV stations will be there." Grrrrreat.
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