Salo and Grechka and Borsch, Oh My!

Exploring Kyiv and taking in the culture has been as much a linguistic adventure as a gastronomic one. One of the cornerstones of cultural immersion is to fully experience the local cuisine, and through my homestay family, I believe I have become acquainted with the classics of Ukrainian cooking. Every day at the kitchen table, …

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Talking to Strangers in Kyiv

“I need more words,” I said to the book vendor when I recently purchased a full-sized Ukrainian-English dictionary at the книжний ринок (book market) outside the Petrivka station in Kyiv. I had been studying Ukrainian in Kyiv for three weeks and was eager to add to my fast-growing repertoire. This progress was the result of …

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An Alternative Winter Break

During winter break I elected not to travel home, and instead spent some time in Ukraine. A couple of days after classes ended, I flew to Kiev, where I met my father. We spent a week together touring the city’s cathedrals, Great Patriotic War monuments and museums, and of course stopping by Maidan to get …

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