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Life in eastern Ukraine

If you watch any news, you are aware of what has been happening in Ukraine over the last 2-3 months.  Needless to say, much has changed and the future is still unsure. As an expat living in Donetsk for almost 4 years, I have grown to love the … [Read more]

Keep on loving them

More than ten years ago I moved to Kyiv and met lots of young people through Blagodat Church.  Several of them are still good friends to this day.  One young man was an electrician without work.  In December 2003 I invited him to help me with some … [Read more]

Now that was fast!

Purchasing train tickets in Ukraine has not always been this easy... I remember arriving in Ukraine, oh, that's right, 20 years ago this month.  My first train ride was a couple of months later.  We used to purchase our tickets in the old … [Read more]

Lots to celebrate!

Nine years ago I started this blog and today I am celebrating the 1,000 post.  Additionally, it was in February 1994 that I moved to Ukraine the first time.  So much has happened in that time! I started the blog in February 2005 because I had just … [Read more]

Travelin by train

Until February 1994 I had never traveled on a long distance train.  I remember that first train ride from Kyiv to Lugansk.  Tickets were extremely hard to come by, the ride was over 20 hours, and I had to sleep in the upper berth in an open … [Read more]

Shoveling snow…

From Tuesday night and all day Wednesday saw lots of snow fall.  I knew that we had a fairly significant snowfall, but I wasn't sure how much until Friday afternoon when I had to shovel the entrance into my garage. I had to put my car into the … [Read more]

Brutally cold

As I sit in my warm apartment with the sun shining brightly, I am reminded that looks can be deceiving.  Even though I am warm inside my apartment, all I need to do is look outside and check the temperature gauge to know that it isn't warm on the … [Read more]

It’s beginning to feel like…

I arrived back in Donetsk on January 3.  It was cold, but not really cold and there wasn't any snow on the ground.  The temperature started falling and rain feel  one day last week, covering our with water that froze overnight. So, now there is a … [Read more]


Nine years ago I was preparing for a "temporary" move to Kazakhstan that would eventually lead to me starting this blog.  In a few weeks I will celebrate the 1,000 blog post, 9 years of writing a blog and 20 years since my first trip to Ukraine. … [Read more]

Days of our Lives (or something like that…)

Early this morning I visited the hair salon to get my hair cut.  It is a nice shop about a 5 minute walk from my apartment (another reason to love living in the center). Oksana has been cutting my hair for over 2 years and she knows how I like it … [Read more]