Happy April and Happy Spring! One year ago, I departed California and embarked on my new adventure. It has been an amazing year! Life is always busy, always fun, always interesting! Thanks to Skype, Facebook, and Gmail, I do not feel that far away from family and friends!
My Friday English classes are fun and entertaining. Thanks to Peace Corps TOEFL (Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) volunteers and my daughter, I have LOTS of materials to help my young students speak "American English"....Last week my students read stories that Frances' class has sent to me. The students read very well; questions centered on "What is a rollercoaster" and "What is HomeTown Buffet"!
In the photo below, we are playing a game, "Pronounce the English letters then say words that begin with the letter.".
Below, we are matching words and pictures.
|Making sure the liquid (Kefir and sour cream together) is warm but not too hot - then mix with flour, salt, |
egg white beaten frothy, then beaten yolk!
|Slicing the dough, making pockets and putting stuffing in the pockets.|
|Slowly frying the pierogis.|
|Mixing all the salad ingredients by hand. James Beard would be so proud - use your hands!!!|
|Finished products - delicious.|
Very briefly--- Bakhchisaray (Бахчисарай), about 20 miles (33 km) southwest of Simferopol is a region with a long and diverse history. The area has been home to Khazars (possibly), Crimean Karaim, Crimean Tatars and Russians. The name, Bakhchisaray, is derived from a Persian phrase meaning "garden palace". The area outside the city offers some spectacular hiking. You can find lots more information about Bakhchisaray on the internet or at
On April 30, the Peace Corps volunteers in my region will be hosting a project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. We will be having a festival with wheelchair dancing, singing, and art projects for children from all the different schools and projects where we (Peace Corps volunteers) work. You will hear about this in my next blog.
Thanks so much for all the comments and all the kind emails. I enjoy what I am doing!
Until the next blog, have a wonderful Easter.