This evening I went to meet my friend for a quick birthday drink, said goodbye to everyone and begin my short walk back home. I decided actually to take the more lit up road for a change, which may have been my mistake (believe it or not).
So a guy standing on the elevated part of the park wall jumps down, out of nowhere, whilst I am casually walking by listening to music. He doesn’t speak English (which again, this is another time I am cursing myself for not knowing Ukrainian), but I do recognise him asking my name, and screaming “TELL ME, TELL ME!” then saying something about a taxi, and how he loves me. I continue to walk while he is now grabbing onto my arm and pulling me into the street. He stops a cab that is full of people and is pulling me towards the cab. The thing that confuses me most is that there are men passing by, even the people in the cab, or cab driver are witnessing what is happening, yet no one does anything. When he turns to say something to the driver, I run for it but it isn’t long before I see him also chasing after me. At this point I am not sure what to do, but while I’m running I cross the road, turn back and I see him standing by some cars. So I continue on and think – okay he’s finally gone! Only to hear the noise of him running behind me again – and at this point my heart really starts racing. He is grabbing me now and yelling in my face and pushing me against the wall. Again, people are passing by and not saying anything. I am pushing him off of me, cursing at him in Russian and all I can understand him saying, again and again, is ‘what is your name? TELL ME’ and ‘please I love you.’ Now 2 students, girls should I add, came running over and, long story short, helped me get away from him. We tried to get into their house but he is holding the door open and screaming, so we ran together for 3 blocks and they brought my to my house. So…. I don’t really know what to say.
Positive note, there will be 2 houseparties this weekend, due to birthday celebrations and one leaving due**** This will be interesting!
This weekend marks my 6 months in Ukraine. Today I crossed the border by foot again. It was a little worrying being questioned or rather interrogated… I almost felt as if maybe I wouldn’t be let OUT of Ukraine to start with, which was different than what I was expecting. I didn’t do much today apart from sitting on the bus for 2 hours there and 2 hours back to Lviv… but I listened to music and looked out the window – admiring people’s houses in different towns, watching people get on and off the bus. Although it has been getting warmer here recently, today it was snowing so it was also peaceful to watch the snow falling (from inside the bus). Walking into the horizontally flying snow is a different story!)
Also with St Patrick’s Day coming up, I have been thinking about this time last year and my 2 weeks travelling around Ireland. I’m having one of my flashback moments and one thing which I often think about: Isn’t it funny how you meet some people that you instantly click with, and you have this short time frame, a tiny segment of a person’s life – where you may never meet them again but you feel like you know them on a deep level. When you are travelling you are instantly bonding with people, putting all of your trust in the people you meet because you have no other choice. You are always out of your comfort zone and with other travellers also being in this position, you can’t help but connect with them easily. I hold these memories of people really close to my heart because everyone was different. Every person I have met, I have learnt new things about the world and I believe it has made me a better person. This past year has been amazing!
Tomorrow I have been invited to a house party to celebrate St Patrick’s Day…. so I will be making a toast to all of my travelling friends whom I have met over the years)
“To my mind, the greatest reward & luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
Well this week will mark 4 weeks working at ELEKS. I really don’t know where the time has gone.
I haven’t been writing too often because I am just up to the same old things. I am preparing for classes, started taking Spanish classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and in my free time I am spending time with friends, watching movies, or studying English grammar – haha!
I had a nice weekend – went to a houseparty and met some new people….. You know, I really love it here, but I am just so restless. Today was a great day of classes – going over grammar- wahoo… 😛 but lately I have been considering somewhere in Europe for summer – – or should I stay here? I just don’t think I am getting enough work here at the moment and it’s difficult for me to have a comfortable life without using all of my savings to go out… It’s such a tough decision… and it’s funny that it has nothing to do with Russia invading…. So many people have been writing me on facebook, telling me to leave Ukraine and that it is dangerous… I feel that it is safe in Lviv, even throughout the Revolution. You know, I don’t even know where to begin with Russia. I am shocked at the amount of people that have such a negative view on Ukrainians from all of this Russia propaganda. Putin getting involved in everything, giving Yanukovych advice through the protesting and now bringing soldiers/tanks into Crimea to take over – or should I say “protect the Russia citizens of Crimea.”
I don’t understand why there are people in Ukraine wishing to be part of Russia anyways. If you want to live in Russia, then go. Like with any other country, if you want to go then go!! I am happy to see the world is supporting Ukraine’s desire for independence, even China making a statement. I have just read that Czech Republic is denying Russian citizens to get a visa to visit because it is dangerous to have Russians in the country, after such circumstances – ha ha ha!!
It would be one thing if I were in London or America but it’s such a surreal feeling knowing that I am living in the country that is now witnessing new history unfolding. It is happening right before my eyes and its just shocking. Shocking what Russia is doing – Putin is just a greedy, sly, idiot RAWWWRRR!! I see his picture on the news and social media, everywhere – it just makes me sick!!! At some point in the future I would like to post some more information about the last 3 months+ of revolution happenings, but for now I just can’t think straight 🙂