What a better way to end Summer, then by having your Parents come to visit and exploring Eastern Europe together.
I picked up my parents on the 1st of August at the train station in L'viv, where we spent some time taking tours, climbing giant castle hills, and catching-up over some Ukrainian food! Then, we headed North to the great State of Volyn and to my village Kolky!
Everybody was excited and anxiously awaiting my parents arrival. My Counterparts and administration went above and beyond hosting us, showing my parents what true Ukrainian hospitality looks like. From the photos below, you can see that they got to see my school, classrooms, meet many of the administrators and teachers and even students! They were full beyond measure at every meal (just ask them!), which was hosted by someone here in Kolky. We even went to spend some time next to the river, having fresh fish soup and BBQ!
These photos below are from my Counterpart, and he has more from our final dinner - look back soon for more. Also, I'll be blogging about our trip around L'viv, Varna (Bulgaria), Budapest, and Krakow. I also need to blog about my trip to Turkey!!!
School starts in two weeks so I'm making the most with my downtime. I'm super excited to get back in the classroom though - starting another chapter to this journey!
|Meeting my Assistant Director!|
|Telling stories in the Directors Office|
|My Director, and Assistant Director|
|Meeting Natalia Vasilivna, one of my Counterparts and Asst. Director|
|Another Counterpart/English Teacher colleague, Anastasia Serhivna, joins the fun!|
|My Counterpart, Volodymyr Mykolyovitch, was the photographer|
|Showing my parents around school|
|In the Library!|
|And checking out the museum|
|With some of the best students!|
|In the Teachers Room!|
|Lots of photos of the three of us!|
|In front of school|
|At the river fishing!|
|...and cooking! Mom was the expert potato peeler!|
|Fish Soup - tastes about how it looks! |
(Hint: You know it's ready when the fish eyes turn white)
|With my Counterparts son, Sasha|
|Dad and Sasha fishing|
|No luck - but lots of fun trying|
|All were impressed with Dad's casting skills|