1. Macedonia Rakia

    Rakia is the local 'moonshine' and is used for many things besides toasting special occasions (think of it as an all around product - household cleaner, shines your wooden furniture and cures what ails you!).  This is Tosho, our Macedonian father, with his great friend and neighbor, Baba Vera, making Rakia on a chilly Fall day.  Baba Vera always had a smile on her face!

  2. Macedonia Peppers and tobacco

    This is a typical house in Macedonia, but I hadn't seen one this colorful with drying peppers and tobacco.  I came across this house on a walk and didn't know the people living there, so I shapped the picture quickly before I was questioned about why on earth I would want this picture. 

  3. Ukraine Meeting My Host Family

      Within my first six months in Ukraine I lived with threedifferent host families. They were all great and really helped me to get adjusted to life in Ukraine. However that doesn't mean it was always easy to live with them, often it wasn't. I particularly remember when I got to my training site of Rokytne; a town of 15,000 people, three hours south of Kyiv; I was unsure if I'd be able to handle living with my first host family. There was my first impression of four members of that family...

  4. Ukraine Pig Statue

      I found it amusing that someone decided “You know who needs a statue? Pigs.” It seems particularly odd to me now that I live in a Muslim country where people are revolted by pigs.

  5. Ukraine Easter Egg Hunt

      Here are some children searching for eggs at a hunt organized at an orphanage by Peace Corps Volunteers.

  6. Ukraine дуже Ukrainian Girls

      This is at "Survival Camp" put together by volunteers to give students a chance to be outdoors and practice English.  Pictured are two of our campers posing in traditional Ukrainian clothes, making them "дуже" (very) Ukrainian Girls.

  7. Ukraine Making bread the old fashioned way

    I signed up for a "rural tourism excursion" which was another volunteer's project to make promotional materials to promote green tourism in the small town of Mogilev-Podolskiy near the boarder of Moldova.  So I was alternating between pretending to be a visitor and operating the camera.  At this home full of old ladies they would make bread for you from scratch and then sing for you while it baked.  Which was cute at first, but do you know how long it takes to make bread the old f...

  8. Ukraine Making bread the old fashioned way

    I signed up for a "rural tourism excursion" which was another volunteers to make promotional materials to promote green tourism in the small town of Mogilev-Podolskiy near the boarder of Moldova.  So I was alternating between pretending to be a visitor and operating the camera.  At this home full of old ladies they would make bread for you from scrach and then sing for you while it baked.  Which was cute at first, but do you know how long it takes to make bread the old fashioned w...

  9. Ukraine At Work

    This is me at the University where I taught with two of my students.  For awhile I had the idea that I would let my hair grow long while I was in the Peace Corps, this photo was taken shortly before I decided that was a bad idea.

  10. Ukraine Greek Ruins of Ukraine

    This is from a Summer camp I worked at in Sevastopol, a cit in Crimea.  During the moring I would teach English and in the afternoon we would go out sightseeing.  Here we are at some ancient Greek ruins. 

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.