We are back in Ukraine and busy at work but there has been an interesting development since our arrival. The swine flu, also known around here as the Californian flu (which is a complete mystery to me) has put the nation into a bit of a scare. Things are slightly nuts. One of the cities east of us, Ternopyl (not Chernobyl), has completely been quarantined due to a number of deaths. Trains are not stopping there and I’ve heard that choppers are flying around spraying some sort of chemicals. Things in L’viv aren’t so bad but there is still plenty of worried folks. Most people are wearing face masks or putting scarves or over their mouths. Yulia Temenshenko, the Prime Minister, has decided put a three-week national restriction on public meetings, including schools, universities, churches, movie theaters, etc. Makes for tough campus ministry considering all the universities and colleges are shut down and many students have gone home. We will see how everything continues to transpire. I suspect it this is a bit of an overreaction. We are sure hoping the universities aren’t closed for three weeks, but we will see. We will probably continue our activities anyways, so take that swine flue!
Here are some L’vivians sporting face masks! I got some very straight faced, “what are you doing taking a picture of me looks” when I took these. So enjoy them!