1. Ukraine Linguistics 101

    What a mystery is language.  What a wonderment.  The myriad ways humankind has developed for communicating.  And, the confusion caused when various methods connect, or attempt to connect, and fail. The best way I’ve found to comprehend many attempts at connection is to teach, no, to try to teach, a new language to children or teenagers.  It causes one to meet language face to face. Some examples--- “I am an ecologist.”  An English expression which states a profession.  The Russ...

  2. Ukraine Orange Revolution

    We were fortunate to serve during the Ukrainian Orange Revolution.  This is a shot of a young woman activist in Kiev.

  3. Turkmenistan Dinosaur Footprints

    Beautiful Kopetdag! Dinosaur Footprints!

  4. Turkmenistan Derweze Gas Crater

    "Pit of Hell"

  5. Fiji Farewell to Fiji

    Here are some of the boys that took me on a picnic during my last days in my Fijian village on the island of Vanua Levu.  In front of the boys is the tub of seafood we enjoyed and the root crops spread in front of them.

  6. Fiji Farewell to Fiji

    Fijians love to eat.  Fijians also love to farewell.  It was only natural that the two would be combined as my close of service neared.  For the last two weeks I was in my village I did nothing but eat my way around the tikina (district).  One of the most memorable feasts came on my last Wednesday, a day I had hoped would find us in the deep ocean, under a bright hot sun, gazing into water so blue it made the sky pale in comparison.  Instead, as happens to all good plans during Peace Corps, ...

  7. Ukraine A Taste of Ukraine

    (This ran as a travel essay in the Seattle Times, Aug. 20, 2004.) Since coming to Ukraine in March as a Peace Corps volunteer, my culinary palate has been wiped clean and replaced with something entirely different. I've eaten raw fish, boiled fish head, raw pig fat, squid jerky, pickled everything and an odd assortment of mystery meat, usually doused with ketchup. Pizza usually includes corn and shredded, pickled carrots, and hot dogs are covered with cabbage and mayonnaise. But I e...

  8. Ukraine Top of Pip Ivan

    Teachers, students, and two PCV's spent a day climbing Pip Ivan--at the top, the students explored and the teachers "spread a table" that was a teachers only zone.  There, Ben and I were introduced to the idea of doing a shot of vodka to help renew one's energy--it worked so well that my feet quit hurting and I was ready for the return hike.  I think the kids appreciated the teachers' attitude adjustment.

  9. Ukraine "Keep It Clean"

    "Keep It Clean" is an environmental campaign that may be familiar to many volunteers.  Kosiv students embraced the day.  This girl even embroidered the logo on her pants. 

  10. Ukraine Baseball Camp

    Ukrainian campers and PCV's at baseball camp in Kosiv.

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