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Journey to the Borderland

May 20

Posted by Lindsey Whissel on 05/20 at 11:19 AM

It’s always hard saying goodbye.

There was a last-minute change of plans and our visit to Sumy was canceled, so we ended up having an extra day in Slavyanask. We were given the morning to do as we please and Ashley and I ended up making a trip back to the ceramics market, then met up with Mark and his hosts at the beach on one of the salt water lakes (oddly enough, there is a fresh water lake right next to it).

In the afternoon, we had a barbecue to celebrate the birthday of Yula, one of our Slavyansk friends. My host’s wife left this morning for Israel (she lives there part time with one of their daughters), and Antole (my host) told me I was officially the woman of the house now—he even dared to leave me in charge of cooking potatoes for the BBQ (anyone familiar with my lack of culinary skills will understand what a risky move this was). I’m happy to report, the potatoes were more edible and no known fatalities occurred. 

We all had a good time preparing food together for the party and I got to teach Oksana (our translator) a new term in English—“sweet tooth”:). As usual, many wonderful toasts were made, but the best was Carrie’s—she got quite choked up when explaining how the hardest part of this trip has been saying goodbye to our new friends every time we move to another town.

On a lighter note, Anatole would not give me a moment’s peace until I tried his Salo. I tried explaining that I’ve already tasted this traditional food (basically an all-fat bacon), but he said I hadn’t tried it until I tried his…. he won this argument.

We are packing up to catch a night train to our next destination, Miragord; it’s about two hours from Kiev and we will spend one day and one night there before traveling to the capital.

Word of the day: день рождения (den roj-den-ee-ya) – birthday.

{name} Author: Lindsey Whissel
Bio: Lindsey Whissel earned her degree in cinema and digital arts from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has produced a variety of broadcast and non-broadcast media projects for television, radio, and the web.


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05/21 at 06:44 AM

great trip and great reporting.  miss you

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05/22 at 06:08 AM
Randolph Center, Vermont

Mirgorod is our sister city, of little Randolph, VT,
a town of 5,000 people.  Our former town manager, met with Vasily Loban and helped create this partnership about 15 years ago.  She went on to help him start a Rotary Club in a new territory, and Leon Laugell of France came and extended Rotary to them.  I am a Rotarian, who works on Youth Exchange processing for a District that Mark is in.  What a very small world.  I have been to Mirgorod 5 times, but not at all in the past 8 years. I can only imagine the wonderful hospitality that you have been shown, as I have such fond memories of being so “special” to my hosts.

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