I am very excited to finally announce that my new book, Red, White, Blue and Yellow: An American’s Guide To Short-Term Missions in Ukraine is finally finished.
As we wrote about last year, the 21st of January is Epiphany according to the Orthodox calendar. Katie, Jordan, Cody, and I once again attended the event this year, which took place not far from our house.
Obviously people in a walking society would be pretty big stroller users. And, in fact, they are. But what about in the winter? Chains? Snow tires? Nope, sleds.
Just like the United States, Ukraine values the handshake. It’s a gesture that says, “I see you, I value that you’re here right now.” It’s a very important part of communication. Over the years I’ve lived here, I have learned several cultural rules regarding the handshake which I find fascinating.
‘Tis the season to be canning here in Ukraine. Canning supplies are in stores everywhere and markets are full of local fruits and vegetables. Now is the time do your canning if you are a good little hazaika, which is what they call a hostess or housewife here.
Today, after our English classes with the kids, we were invited to join a special celebration honoring those who served during World War II.
There is a funny little quirk in the culture here that continues to fascinate me, as well as confuse. If you haven’t noticed, we greet people a lot in English. We say “Hi,” “Hey,” or “Hello” much more frequently than is deemed appropriate in Russian. In Russian, it’s strange to greet someone more than once in a given day. Let me explain.