|Salt for the train picnic|
Ukrainains put salt in a match box as part of their train picnic packet. I find out this is really true... not just because my office mates do this, but all my Ukrainian colleagues do this. Everyone I have asked about this tradition said " YES, It's a Ukrainian Tradition." Photo to prove it.. Please note the hardboiled eggs, too- also traditional train picnic food.
|Work colleagues on the train|
|Train picnic with work colleagues|
In all of the Ukraine train system there are ONLY 10 special needs access train cars... and each of these cars has only ONE room available for a disabled person with ONE accessible bunk.
|One of the steel mills outside Lugansk|
Looking out the train window as we left Lugansk, I had a flashback to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and the steel mills.
Once we arrived in Kiev, our organization was busy preparing for the Right to Work for the Disabled Conference. My organization was the recipient of a two-year grant (along with several other organizations for the disabled in Ukraine) and the conference was a progress report on the seminars and programs established to help disabled Ukrainians seek employment. I was one of the speakers at the conference; my topic was the ADA and what the ADA means for the disabled Americans as well as for American businesses. I was very honored to be on the speakers list!
|Young dancers in talent contest|
|Gymastics at the picnic|
What is also fun is that I have started a Cooking club as a small "offshoot" of the English club". We have 15 very interested participants and our plan is to cook one Ukrainian dish and one "other country" dish at each session. Most of group are Ukrainians and their interest is learning what we do with cabbage and potatoes and soup and meats --- Do we have a barbecue? What do we do when we barbecue? And of course the few Americans in the group want to know how to make a proper borsht and a proper perogie. I know we will have fun together. Right now my small flat is "cooking central" as my small flat is larger than everyone else's!! Our first cooking adventure will be Friday Oct. 1! Can't wait.
|Bill's salsa in Ukraine|
And of course with every success, there is failure. I have found corn meal in Ukraine, and while corn meal isn't for tortillas, I thought I had also found corn flour which IS great for corn tortillas. What I discovered was I had purchase CREAM OF WHEAT FLOUR which does not make tortillas in any way shape or form. So back to the Russian studies and relearning the words for corn flour.