Studying Ukrainian and living here in a place where very few people speak English fluently has given me some pause for reflection about language and communication. Growing up in America, the linguistic landscape I was familiar with was rather featureless. That's not to say I never I encountered languages other than English: my father speaks … Continue reading Linguistic Barriers
I haven't written in a while so this post, rather than sharing something clever or exciting, is mostly just to reassure those who might be wondering that I am, indeed, still alive. The school year started here on September 14th. Those of you who are liturgically minded and attuned to the Julian Calendar and the … Continue reading Happy New Year
Tuesday of this week (August 15/28) was the great feast of Dormition here in Ukraine. I celebrated the feast at Holy Dormition Lavra, since it is their patronal feast. A brief word about Univ Lavra and the Studite monks who live there. A "lavra" is a type of monastery, essentially meaning that it is the … Continue reading Dormition with the Studites
Today is August 6th, so we celebrate the great feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Since you are likely now confused, allow me to briefly explain. I am currently in Ukraine where the Julian Calendar is used to calculate feast days and all things liturgical. There is a 13-day difference between the two calendars. … Continue reading Home for the Holy Days
It's now August. The summer Ukrainian Language course has ended and my English-speaking friends have returned to the States. While the other students were preparing to leave Ukraine by saying their goodbyes and wishing it wasn't already the end, I was thinking that for me this is only the beginning. Since I've attended the School … Continue reading Summer at the Seminary
I'm here in Ukraine! And online... If you're reading this you probably know me and you know that I'm currently studying at the Ukrainian Language Summer School in L'viv for the third summer in a row. However, this time around things are going to be a little bit different for me. Specifically, this time around … Continue reading I’m Here!