I remember in 1st Grade, Ms. Cole did a unit about the month of March "coming in like a Lion and out like a Lamb", or vice versa. Well, March 2013 in Ukraine has pretty much been one giant roaring lion who ate the lamb long ago.
Shortly after my birthday, Ukraine was POUNDED with the biggest blizzard of the
The best part was the wind. It ripped through Kolky and left no one unscathed. I've never seen snow travel so fast sideways! Luckily, I stalked up on supplies beforehand and spent last weekend safe and bundled up in my house.
|A little big of the sideways snow.|
|After the roads were plowed.|
|The snow drift that made my house very difficult to enter/exit!|
|Fresh, March powder!|
|The ground 2 feet below the snow|
Last week, classes continued as usual, but fast forward to this Friday, March 22 and we get Blizzard Round II x 2! This time, Kyiv seemed to get the worst of it, but we got our fair share as well. (Kyiv had 2 feet in 12 hours, we only had about a foot this go around) Currently, Kyiv has been declared in a "State of Emergency" because their transportation and infrastructure kind of shut down, but I hear some buses are back running, the military was out clearing roads, and the airport is open. Lots of villages have been losing power, but Kolky has stayed strong, meaning I can bake and wash clothes.
I hope and pray daily that the worst of it is over. Someone told me that the first day it's supposed to be above 0° C (32° F) is April 15...I'm not sure what to think about that.
But today, I got out of my hibernating bear state and went to the House of Culture to see some of my students perform at a concert. Many of my students attend the local music school after lessons, something of which I was aware of, but not to what extent! I have some amazingly talented students! Below are some of the highlights of the concert, but I really was blown away with the talent and dedication these students have to music.
|A Ukrainian Bandura|
|Everyone was in their traditional Ukrainian Vyshyvankas|
|Lilia on the violin|
|Accordions are often the instrument of choice here in Ukraine!|
|A little circus tune, which was my favorite|
|Alice, playing a 10-minute piano piece, without sheet music|
|The girls ensemble|
|Accordions are cool. Never forget that.|
|A little something from Indiana Jones|
|This group played "A Walk Around America" which included almost every patriotic song from the States...|
I'm not sure they really knew what they were playing, but I LOVED it!
Until next time! Arrivederci!