The End is Near

I am in denial. In full denial actually…about leaving. I can’t believe two years has already come and gone. And don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to see my family and friends that I have missed so much, but at the same time I am so used to my life here in Ukraine. It is going to be so weird to just wake up in America in about a month as my life in Ukraine comes abruptly to a stop.

I apologize I haven’t updated my blog in so long, I have been really busy with school and finishing up various projects. In August and September Danny and I held American football trainings twice a week before heading to a regional flag football tournament in Chernigov that our friend Patrick had organized through a grant. There were 7 teams total and Konotop took 3rd place. Here is a picture of our group:

The tournament was so much fun, especially for the kids- some of the students that we brought had never even participated in a tournament before!

After the football tournament we Peace Corps volunteers stayed in Chernigov for our Close of Service Conference. All 60 of us from group #39 stayed in a hotel for 3 days and had meetings with Peace Corps staff about paperwork that we need to do, how to list Peace Corps on our resumes, and adjusting to life back in the U.S. We also had a TB skin test done and I am tibb free y’all! Don’t even laugh; I was so happy when I didn’t have it because unfortunately a lot of volunteers here contract it. Every night we would all go out to a bar that was across the street from our hotel and that was a lot of fun too- there were some people there from my group that I hadn’t seen for 2 years! At this conference I also took my final Russian test and placed Advanced-mid. I was pumped about achieving this level, but know that I still have a lot to learn. Like I always discuss with my tutor, “the more of a language you learn, the more you realize how little of it you know.” I hope that when I come back to Texas I will be able to find someone to practice with.

And here is a group photo of all of us on the last day of the conference:

Other than these big events I have just been living life and enjoying every last minute I have here in Konotop with the people that I love.

Some pictures from the Teacher’s Day Holiday that was on October 5, 2012. We celebrated by going to the forest about 20 minutes aways from school:

And here are some pictures of my Russian tutor Valentina, her husband, their friends and I picking mushrooms in the forest this past weekend: