In March a crew of fellow Peace Corps ladies and I traveled to the oh-so-luxurious resort town Truskavets for three full days of pampering at Villa Hyzhyna Spa. The room was awesome but the steam room was better! This place was seriously a hidden gem.
During April I travelled with my pals Niko and Emily for an epically weird weekend in Chernivtsi, a cool town near the Romanian boarder. The most interesting thing to see there is Chernivtsi University, which could be an understudy for Hogwarts. However, the most memorable moment of this trip was when our 50-something British hostel owner threw a major temper tantrum because we didn't get into the disco. He proceeded to spend the next hour or so telling us how we had "bastardized him." Goodness, some people's kids...
Our oblast day camp was also held in April. Around the World in a Day Camp invited about 60 students from the area to learn about world cultures. I talked about Nicaragua and handled a lot of the logistics. A good time was had by all : )In May I turned 25, went to Turkey with Alei and Katelin , and finished my second school year in Ukraine. Not too shabby.
June and July were all about summer camps and hanging out with Anya and her grandsons. Then came August. I climbed in the Carpathian Mountains, camped on the beach in Crimea for an incredible week (dolphins swam up close to the shore almost every day!), and attended my COS (Close of Service) conference where I got to see all of my friends from training! Action packed to say the least.
And now it's September and the school year is in full swing. Only eight more weeks of teaching to go!