Sassyhacksaws

Musings on an English Degree

Category: Peace Corps

Two Years In

As of today, September 17, 2012, it has been exactly two years since I left Wisconsin for the Peace Corps. Granted, I didn’t actually arrive in Ukraine until September 22, 2010 due to problems with visas at the embassy. Also, it’s been a year since I last visited home. Time has flown.

Owning the First Day of School

I talked to Jeramie yesterday and it sounds like she had an awful first day back at school. If not awful then at least not ideal. Apparently she had to deal with the same kinds of things we had to deal with in earlier years, but she’d thought she had helped her school past them. […]

Early Train

I’m in Kiev today for medical. I’ve been up since 4:00am and it’s earlier¬†than I planned to be¬†awake to get to Kiev. You see, it’s the end of summer and the university students are monopolizing the trains to get from their villages to their universities. The train I usually take was full earlier than I […]

Big Chocolate Ice-cream

This summer, we’ve been going to get soft-serve ice-cream in the center. I’m not really sure why we didn’t do it last summer but what matters is that we are now. I have a standard order of, “Big chocolate.” Usually this rolls in around 200g (0.44 lbs) and it costs me 8 UAH ($1).That’s not […]

A Disappointing Independence Day

Yesterday, August 24, was the Ukrainian Day of Independence. I had looked forward to it because there are celebrations in the center for holidays. At celebrations, there’s almost always shashlik. Shashlik is delicious. It’s grilled meat but not like grilled meat I’ve had in America. I wish I knew how it is different, but I […]

Highlights of Teaching

For the last two weeks of summer, I was asked to work with some of the students one-on-one to prepare them for the National English Olympiad. It’s been fun, and I’ve talked about my approach to teaching already. Today, I want to share the first week results of my method. While most of the time […]

Teaching One on One, Again

School has me coming in this week and next week to work with some select students. There’s a handpicked group of six or seven they want prepped for the English Olympiads well in advance, and while I’m still here able to help. While I certainly could argue and put up a fight about having to […]

Missing Flights

You don’t know this, but I should have a bunch of photos of Berlin to post here for your eye-candy enjoyment. I don’t because I’m a dummy. There would have been photos of the Wall and beer and pretzels and possibly me riding a bicycle. Oh the joy to ride something with two wheels again […]

Running Fool, Again

In high school, I used to be a decent runner. I wasn’t spectacular. I wasn’t on par with the runners who went on to compete in college but I was still decent. Middle distance was my jam. I ran the 800m and the 4x800m relay. I anchored. We won more often than not and if […]

Running Out of Time

I just opened my last tube of tooth paste. You might remember how particular I am about which brand/flavor I use. Crest Multicare Whitening Freshmint. They don’t sell that here so I’ve had to have it shipped and brought over. I think this last tube will keep my teeth clean until the end. Last week, […]