So my computer’s home page is set to BBC World News. I love trying to stay updated, ‘trying’ being the key word. BBC always has The Day in Pictures and I love it. I thought this might be a great way to show you all what an average day for us looks like now. What I discovered is David and I do not have average days. Every day is so different and usually unpredictable. I picked this last Thursday (12/11), mainly because of Pilgrims – our large corporate worship. We tried to do everything as we ‘usually’ do to make this as accurate (and honest) as possible.
I’m a breakfast eater, which has turned David into a breakfast eater. This picture was taken after breakfast. While I continue to get ready in the morning, being a female and all, David usually takes a few quiet moments to himself. He is currently going through the book of Luke using Tom Wright’s “For Everyone” series. Tom Wright is a New Testament Scholar but the series is written for lay people. It’s amazing and I highly recommend it.
Like I said, we’re going to be honest with our day. You will notice that the clock on the wall says 9:35. Class started at 9:30. Luckily, class is only a ten minute walk and all she does the first 20 minutes is grade everyone’s homework. Homework, again…will it ever end?
David’s a lucky man. The dumpsters are only half a block from our apartment and on our way class. Something that David and I have observed here is all the people that go through the trash. We’ve learned that items with potential reuse ought to be put beside the dumpsters rather than in them.
Our language class meets in the Ivan Franko music building. It is an old monastery that has been converted. When I say converted, nothing at all has been done to it except desks and chairs added. Our classroom is a converted monk bedrooms.
We have a ten minute break from 10:50am-11am and then a twenty minute break for lunch, 12:20-12:40pm. We usually walk to something close by and grab a quick bite. Today we went to the pastry shop. The pastries are filled with meats, cheeses and sweets. They’re fabulous and cheap. I don’t know if you are able to see the prices, but they range from 2.50 UAH – 4.50 UAH. The exchange right now is 7.5 UAH : 1 USD. The exchange usually hovers around 5:1. This is the largest discrepency in the Ukrainian currency to the dollar in the history of the new currency (introduced in 1996).
After 4 and a half hours of language, we arrived home about 2:20, ate a quick snack, checked email, read some headlines and then returned back to school for a ‘concert’ given by the international students.
David also packed a bag with all of his basketball gear and took it to the concert. That day he and another student in our language class talked to the dean about trying out for the University of Ivan Franko’s basketball team. The dean thought it was a great idea and set up a try-out for them that day at 5pm. We weren’t sure if the concert would be over before he needed to leave, so he came prepared and it was a good thing he did. David left for the try-out at 4:20pm.
The concert was good, but long (like this post). The following pictures are of some of the presentations – all in Ukrainian. I was quite impressed.
The concert started late, due to technical difficulties (3:45pm, instead of 3pm). I finally had to leave at a quarter ’til 6pm, to grab dinner and get to the student center. David and I have been pretty good at staying away from McDonald’s, but this night I was in a hurry and it was on the way.
David met me at the student center after his try-out. I guess it went well, he was…I’ll let him tell you. The following pictures are of Pilgrims. These are a great group of students. Lubomir preached on taking responsibility. The students I talked to about it said he related it back to the current Ukrainian government. Sounds like a good message to me.
We finally left the student center about 9:15 pm, after I did some accounting. It was now time to go home and start our daily homework.
We forgot to take a picture of us ‘in process’ with our homework, but I’m sure you can imagine. We finished our homework, and finally jumped into bed.
I hope this gives you a feel for a day in Ukraine. We’ll do it again, so you can see other days and other activities. Sorry for the length, but I didn’t want you to miss anything.