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Whaaaaaaat?!?!?! Silent screaming for days!!! Ukraine here we come!! What a perfect birthday gift for Pottsie!! I knew 2018 was going to be my year. #chasingdreams #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine2018 #discoveringfernweh #icantevenrightnow
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Yes, I look wiped. Jogging in the winter is tremendously more difficult for me, as if I’m anything special jogging in the summer, but at least I don’t have to wear a mask and I sweat buckets without fear of hypothermia 😂. But, my slow little jogging self continues through this winter and will hopefully find a groove at some point... no holding of breath for that, just keep jogging. #peacecorpsukraine #mypeacecorpslife #odessa #peacecorps #ukraine #jogging #running #babyitscoldoutside #blacksea #justbreathe #sweat #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #over40style
Yes, I look wiped. Jogging in the winter is tremendously more difficult for me, as if I’m anything special jogging in the summer, but at least I don’t have to wear a mask and I sweat buckets without fear of hypothermia 😂. But, my slow little jogging self continues through this winter and will hopefully find a groove at some point... no holding of breath for that, just keep jogging. #peacecorpsukraine  #mypeacecorpslife  #odessa  #peacecorps  #ukraine  #jogging  #running  #babyitscoldoutside  #blacksea  #justbreathe  #sweat  #yoga  #yogaeverydamnday  #over40style 
Thanks for participating in this year's Write On, letting me share my love for creative writing with you, and be paparazzi. :p #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine
Thanks for participating in this year's Write On, letting me share my love for creative writing with you, and be paparazzi. :p #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine 
I said goodbye to my Peace Corps husband today as he finished his service. Щасливо в майбутньому, Claudio! I'll see you in Spain 😉 
#cos #closingbell #peacecorpsukraine
I said goodbye to my Peace Corps husband today as he finished his service. Щасливо в майбутньому, Claudio! I'll see you in Spain 😉 #cos  #closingbell  #peacecorpsukraine 
Home. .
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I love this strange, sweet, little house. Even though the shower is in the kitchen and the WiFi sometimes goes out and this country is cold. The next 8 months are gonna fly by.
Home. . . . I love this strange, sweet, little house. Even though the shower is in the kitchen and the WiFi sometimes goes out and this country is cold. The next 8 months are gonna fly by.
American style pizza 🍕! Neither mayonnaise nor ketchup are on this pizza! And yes, in Ukraine ketchup and mayonnaise are normal, BUT the American and authentic Italian pizzas are starting to take hold, thankfully! Yummy yum yum yum! This is definitely a nice Friday treat for lil ole from lil ole me 😜 #peacecorps #odessa #mylife #mypeacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #pizza #americanpizza #dominos #pizzalover #ilovepizza
“For Chinese New Year, people like to eat long noodles.

Called 长寿面 (cháng shòu miàn), which means “longevity noodles.” You aren’t allowed to cut them and should try not to chew either. The longer the noodle, the longer your life will be. This calls for a lot of slurping.” . . .  HAPPY NEW YEARS! 新年快樂! 恭喜發財! Year of the dog! З Нового Роком! #dinodaoadventures #chinesenewyear #noodleprobs #peacecorpsukraine #新年快乐 #thisboomeranglooksweird #idigit #yearofthedog2018
“For Chinese New Year, people like to eat long noodles. Called 长寿面 (cháng shòu miàn), which means “longevity noodles.” You aren’t allowed to cut them and should try not to chew either. The longer the noodle, the longer your life will be. This calls for a lot of slurping.” . . . HAPPY NEW YEARS! 新年快樂! 恭喜發財! Year of the dog! З Нового Роком! #dinodaoadventures  #chinesenewyear  #noodleprobs  #peacecorpsukraine  #新年快乐  #thisboomeranglooksweird  #idigit  #yearofthedog2018 
Good Luck! 👍🏿 #writeonchallenge #writeon #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorps 📝🇺🇦
Just noticed this photo from a few weeks ago. Taken by my new Ukrainian  people. Peace Corps isn’t always hot humid climates. It can be in small wintery villages in Ukraine too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#ukraine #carpathians #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52 #howiseepc #mountains #winter #snow #travel #explore #service #україна #карпати
"There is no envy, jealousy, or hatred between the different colors of the rainbow. And no fear either. Because each one exists to make the others’ love more beautiful."
-Aberjhani
#rainbow #rainbowstairs #stairs #bazaar #ukraine #howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #love #kyiv #веселка #київ #базар
Creative writing competition contestants hard at work at @woa.cherkasy. I can’t wait to read the stories they were working on! I am so lucky to be serving in such an enthusiastic and active community here in Ukraine. 
Учасники конкурсу креативного письма сильно працюють в центрі @woa.cherkasy. Я не можу дочекатися прочитати історії та есе, які вони написали. Я рада, що я живу у місті яке має таких активних та креативних громадян. .
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#love_cherkassy_life #windowonamerica #woacherkasy #writeonukraine #peacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine #HowISeePC #черкаси #україна #англійськамова #cherkasy
Creative writing competition contestants hard at work at @woa.cherkasy. I can’t wait to read the stories they were working on! I am so lucky to be serving in such an enthusiastic and active community here in Ukraine. Учасники конкурсу креативного письма сильно працюють в центрі @woa.cherkasy. Я не можу дочекатися прочитати історії та есе, які вони написали. Я рада, що я живу у місті яке має таких активних та креативних громадян. . . . . #love_cherkassy_life  #windowonamerica  #woacherkasy  #writeonukraine  #peacecorpslife  #peacecorpsukraine  #HowISeePC  #черкаси  #україна  #англійськамова  #cherkasy 
It’s not the most glamorous of tracks but I like her. I was able to get there right at sunset and I assure you it was cold but also quite beautiful. I really suck at this whole jogging thing, but I embrace this track as my space and have no intention of stopping. #mypeacecorpslife #mylife #jogging #justbreathe #odessa #ukraine #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorps #blacksea #keepgoing #imtoooldforthis
Вік учасників: 13-19 років!!!! 🎉 #miniheal #peacecorpsukraine
Lentil chili on a snowy day. Also, check out that snowcat I made.  #snowsculpture #veganbowls #ukrainevsco #whitecats #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorps
Spent a lovely weekend in the Carpathian Mountains visiting Janine’s village. The kindest hospitality and OMG these views. ⛰❄️✨
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#peacecorpsukraine #kosmach #carpathainmountains
Write On 2018! Thank you all who participated - it was a day to remember. Slide ➡️➡️
#peacecorps #ukraine #poltava #writeon #peacecorpsukraine
I was worried nobody would show up to an English-language creative writing competition, but these Ukrainian students were more than game! We had to pull out extra tables to accommodate everybody! Ви молодці!!! .
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#peacecorpslife #peacecorpsukraine #HowISeePC #peacecorps #writeonukraine #ukraine #ukrainegroup51
On this day last year, I was a 20 miles from home, reading a book in the sun on the beach. Today, I’m more than 6,000 miles from home, trudging through a foot of snow to buy more tea so I can keep warm. #howiseepc #PeaceCorpsUkraine #texas #southpadreisland #winter
For work today I got to take a walk in what we hope will be a park soon. My United Territorial Community here in Western Ukraine is working on several different projects to build and sustain a community that everyone can enjoy. I’m so pleased to be a small part of this work. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#ukraine #lvivoblast #howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine52 #peacecorpsukraine #parks #outdoors #outdoorslife #community #україна #львівськаобласть #парк
It was a cool presentation made by @peacecorpsukraine with @liam_foran & @starkonnb.info which changed my outlook on life and inspired me to volunteer. I think it's really cool to do good unselfishly. I have never done this before but I'm looking forward to doing it!😀😀 #volunteer #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #unselfishly #school #dudes #starkonnnb #help #ukraine #saveenvironment #recycle #reduce #reuse
I get asked “Does it snow in Odessa?” Well, in my limited first winter experience here in Odessa, Ukraine the answer is yes, it most certainly does. But, I’ve been told that this isn’t normal. Yes, it usually gets cold, but snow is rare. I am here during a rare year, ice is more typical. Sooooooo, bring on the snow because ice on every surface is oh so unpleasant ❄️❄️❄️❄️ #mypeacecorpslife #mylife #odessa #odesa #ukraine #peacecorpsukraine #winter #blacksea #snow #cold #coldoutside #winterwonderland
I get asked “Does it snow in Odessa?” Well, in my limited first winter experience here in Odessa, Ukraine the answer is yes, it most certainly does. But, I’ve been told that this isn’t normal. Yes, it usually gets cold, but snow is rare. I am here during a rare year, ice is more typical. Sooooooo, bring on the snow because ice on every surface is oh so unpleasant ❄️❄️❄️❄️ #mypeacecorpslife  #mylife  #odessa  #odesa  #ukraine  #peacecorpsukraine  #winter  #blacksea  #snow  #cold  #coldoutside  #winterwonderland 
Back to the beginning! In one fair swoop, I was able to meet the legendary Jesus of Group 49, see my original host family, and celebrate Sasha's 18th birthday! Great to see everyone doing well a year later!

As a second year PCV, I've learned to take photos before we start eating.
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#howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #peacecorps
Back to the beginning! In one fair swoop, I was able to meet the legendary Jesus of Group 49, see my original host family, and celebrate Sasha's 18th birthday! Great to see everyone doing well a year later! As a second year PCV, I've learned to take photos before we start eating. . . #howiseepc  #peacecorpsukraine  #ukraine  #peacecorps 
Although I miss summer hiking,
I’ve got to say
that winter in Ukraine 
is А-OK. 👌🏽❄️🕯☕️🌨
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#peacecorpsukraine #frankivskgram #terriblepoetry #morescarvesplease
Winter in the village along the River Stryi. I spent some time this afternoon exploring the beautiful river after a fresh snowfall. The berries on this bush are often harvested for tea. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#riverstryi #річкастрий #укрвїна #зима #сніг #ukraine #winter #snow #howiseepc #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52
Accurate picture of a Ukrainian party
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#howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #peacecorps #integration
Feeling the love sent from Texas! Thank you, @fairbanks29 ❤️❤️❤️ #TexasForever #PeaceCorpsUkraine
I might have bought a size too big for him... but look at that handsome little nugget in a  wishywonka! I mean вишиванка! (A Ukrainian traditional outfit) #peacecorpsukraine #вишиванка #nephew #imisshim #ispeakbadukrainian #imstilllearning #dinodaoadventures #ukraine
TFW you get accepted to the Peace Corps 🙌 ••• We are SO proud to announce that our very own Student Assistant, Rachel Lods, has been accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ukraine! Rachel will be working with the Peace Corps Ukraine’s Youth Development (YD) Project to “provide the Ukrainian youth from undeserved communities with knowledge and skills necessary for healthy and meaningful lives.” Congratulations, @rizzyrachh! #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #bulldogsabroad
TFW you get accepted to the Peace Corps 🙌 ••• We are SO proud to announce that our very own Student Assistant, Rachel Lods, has been accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ukraine! Rachel will be working with the Peace Corps Ukraine’s Youth Development (YD) Project to “provide the Ukrainian youth from undeserved communities with knowledge and skills necessary for healthy and meaningful lives.” Congratulations, @rizzyrachh! #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine  #bulldogsabroad 
SIX years ago today I got my official notification for the Peace Corps! I was all set to go to the Ukraine in September and teach English ...and then I found out in March I received a Fulbright Scholarship for Mongolia. 
Not a week goes by where I don’t think about Peace Corps and wonder how my life would be different if I had gone. I hope one day I can actually complete that dream.

No regrets though! I love the path I am on and I am so thankful for my Fulbright and grad school experience.
#peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpslife #wanderlust #europe #traveler #travel #adventure #fulbrightscholarship #fulbright #mongolia #gradschool #phd
SIX years ago today I got my official notification for the Peace Corps! I was all set to go to the Ukraine in September and teach English ...and then I found out in March I received a Fulbright Scholarship for Mongolia. Not a week goes by where I don’t think about Peace Corps and wonder how my life would be different if I had gone. I hope one day I can actually complete that dream. No regrets though! I love the path I am on and I am so thankful for my Fulbright and grad school experience. #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine  #peacecorpslife  #wanderlust  #europe  #traveler  #travel  #adventure  #fulbrightscholarship  #fulbright  #mongolia  #gradschool  #phd 
We have electricity back after a couple of chilly days! To celebrate, here’s a nice gate I enjoyed in Lviv last month. ❄️❄️❄️❄️
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#peacecorpsukraine #lviv #electricityisgreat
Village Life. A sort of super blue blood moon shot from my tiny village in Ukraine. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#moon #supermoon #ukraine #villagelife #howiseepc #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52 #україна
In Chernobyl wild animals have reclaimed the land. This fox was friendly, and he felt comfortable eating food from people’s hands. #chernobyl #ukraine #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #fox #wild
I have not found it to be easy to be vegan in Ukraine but someone in Lviv swears by it. Go get em! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#vegan #vegetarian #ukraine #lviv #food #streetart #alleystreetart #україна #львів #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52 #howiseepc #peacecorpsjourney
This was a very large piece of street art down an ally in Lviv in the center of town. I should have had someone stand next to it for perspective. Cool piece in a dark space, it just seemed to fit. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#львів #україна #streetart #lviv #alleyart #peacecorpsukraine52 #peacecorpsukraine #howiseepc
I finally made it out to PC Belarus...
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#howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #peacecorps
This carrot is the size of my forearm! I know the smaller ones are sweeter, but I had to get this one to show my friends back home how HUGE these things are in Ukraine! This country has carrots like I’ve never seen anywhere else. .
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#ukraine #peacecorpsukraine #giantveggies #giantvegetables #ukrainianfood #HowISeePC #peacecorpslife #lifeabroad #україна #овочі #морква #українськаїжа
Wyd? Bc tbh I’m bored af.
Wyd? Bc tbh I’m bored af.
Слава України ❤️ #poltava_city #peacecorpsukraine  #ukraine
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“Як довго ви разом?” я попросила їх
“36 зими,” він відповів.
“Що є ключем такої любові?”
Вона сказала слова, які я зовсім не зрозуміла. “Сила дотику,” вона сказала. “Дотик може допомогти вилікувати тіло і зігріти серце. Коли розкриваєш обійми, розкриваєш серце. А він-моє тепло.”
Вони посміхнулися один одному. //
“How long have you been together?” I asked them. “36 winters,” he replied. “What is the key to such love?”
She said words that I didn’t quite understand. “The power of touch,” she said. “Touch can help to heal the body and warm the heart. When you open your arms, you open your heart. And he is my warmth. “
They smiled at each other. 
#love #любовь #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine
❤️❤️❤️ “Як довго ви разом?” я попросила їх “36 зими,” він відповів. “Що є ключем такої любові?” Вона сказала слова, які я зовсім не зрозуміла. “Сила дотику,” вона сказала. “Дотик може допомогти вилікувати тіло і зігріти серце. Коли розкриваєш обійми, розкриваєш серце. А він-моє тепло.” Вони посміхнулися один одному. // “How long have you been together?” I asked them. “36 winters,” he replied. “What is the key to such love?” She said words that I didn’t quite understand. “The power of touch,” she said. “Touch can help to heal the body and warm the heart. When you open your arms, you open your heart. And he is my warmth. “ They smiled at each other. #love  #любовь  #peacecorps  #peacecorpsukraine 
My life now! 😁 Моє життя зараз 📝 Mein Leben jetzt 🇺🇦 #englishclub #peacecorpsukraine
Winter adventures in sunny Rivne with a few of my favorites ❄️✨❄️
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#peacecorpsukraine #rivne #рівне
Guess who is 25...
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#howiseepc #peacecorpsukraine #ukraine #villagecorps
You remember that one time you were in Peace Corps and your new Ukrainian friend had a birthday and instead of you giving a great gift that person gave you a piece of original art you will cherish forever. Yeah well that happened today. I think Peace Corps and International Service makes all of us better, more understanding, more patient and helpful, grateful people. Everyone reading this should consider it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#howiseepc #pcukraine #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52 #originalart #goodfriends #birthdays #ukraine #україна
You remember that one time you were in Peace Corps and your new Ukrainian friend had a birthday and instead of you giving a great gift that person gave you a piece of original art you will cherish forever. Yeah well that happened today. I think Peace Corps and International Service makes all of us better, more understanding, more patient and helpful, grateful people. Everyone reading this should consider it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #howiseepc  #pcukraine  #peacecorpsukraine  #peacecorpsukraine52  #originalart  #goodfriends  #birthdays  #ukraine  #україна 
Snow laden trees up in the Carpathian Mountains. As a woman who lives to be in the outdoors it was far too long since I had been in the mountains. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#carpathians #carpathianmountains #карпати #україна #ukraine #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #peacecorpsukraine52 #howiseepc #peacecorpsjourney
День Соборності / Day of Unity 2018 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦
День Соборності / Day of Unity 2018 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦
A year ago I was strolling through the streets of chernivtsi with my #borscht corps boys reunited (minus @gabetez) after our first month at site. I can’t describe how bittersweet it was to come across this photo today. I miss you boys so much and my entire Peace Corps Ukraine family. Wishing I was there enjoying some more adventures with you guys. Hope to reunite soon. посилаю всю мою любов 😘🇺🇦✌🏼🥔#borschtcorps #peacecorpsukraine🇺🇦🇺🇸 #кохання #chernivtsi #family #oneyearanniversary
A year ago I was strolling through the streets of chernivtsi with my #borscht  corps boys reunited (minus @gabetez) after our first month at site. I can’t describe how bittersweet it was to come across this photo today. I miss you boys so much and my entire Peace Corps Ukraine family. Wishing I was there enjoying some more adventures with you guys. Hope to reunite soon. посилаю всю мою любов 😘🇺🇦✌🏼🥔#borschtcorps  #peacecorpsukraine 🇺🇦🇺🇸 #кохання  #chernivtsi  #family  #oneyearanniversary 
The snowporn marathon continues. I hereby declare myself a snow princess.
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#snow #winterwonderland #snowporn #winter #wintertravel #cherkasy #cherkasycity #ukraine #winterinukraine #peacecorpsukraine #черкаси #україна #зима #сніг❄ #photos_che
What’s the best way to pay homage to your alma mater ( @universityofkansas ) whilst in Peace Corps? Make a crunchy chicken cheddar wrap (everything except the ‘tortilla’ is home made so it took awhile). #kansasuniversity #ku #universityofkansas #crunchychickencheddarwrap #peacecorps #peacecorpsukraine #howiseepc #peacecorpslife