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December 13th 2014
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Minsk to Kyiv

One hour flight and one hour time change - net result arrival time same as departure time.

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Kevin and public art in the quiet square.
Kyiv, Ukraine

Wednesday – left directly from school –

QSI International School of Minsk - 19 of us teachers

flew Belavia from Minsk, Belarus to Kyiv, Ukraine – 1 hour

1 hour time change back

money change at the airport

would only change $100 because they only had very small bills

15 hryvnia/$1US – Ukrainian money

I received all 20 hryvnia bills

each a little more than $1

fat pile – I could barely squeeze them in my wallet

arrive by school bus to “luxurious” 7 Days Hotel

small double bed and 1 cot

request for a bigger bed so Kevin and I could sleep together

met with “all reserved”

back to ‘non-smoking’ room – carpet covered in cigarette burns

but relatively comfortable

supermarket on 1st floor

breakfast on 2nd floor with a health club

buildings here are not dedicated to only one purpose

the only sign of civil war – a floundering economy

everything seems inexpensive compared to Belarus

Professional Development – I gave a workshop

on science inquiry boards
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A very Soviet feel.

we did a pendulum (physical science) investigation


Job-alike meeting

with other teachers - very helpful

we 8 year old teachers set up our own EdModo web site

to stay connected and share resources

Thanksgiving dinner at the school

school cafeteria cooked turkey and all the trimmings

local staff provided deserts and appetizers

Two helpings and I was stuffed – just like home

could have had more pumpkin pie – just saying

Friday - excellent dinner at Arabian restaurant – Sesam

Cave-like interior – tasteful, but on the edge of kitschy

humus, lamb, Kabuli Palaw – yumm!

Chernobyl tour met at Maidan Nezalezhnosti

the birthplace of the now one-year old civil unrest

and ultimate overthrow of the pro-Russian government.

Very quiet, but many flowers covered by a blanket of snow.

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How could all the people gather with such small walking spaces?

13th December 2014

It's probably good that your are out of the country!
Great succinct commentary! Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to stay in contact. Left wing of the Democratic Party is pulling a Tea Party manuaver - and rightly so! Republicans have begun giving away the family jewels to "Too Large To Fail Banks" and "Larger than LIfe" rich donors.

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