Archive for the ‘Ukraine’ Category

New Website

June 7, 2011

Hello all!

Many thanks for all your support over the last year as I travel, work and write. It’s come time, however, to change things up a little. As a result, I’ve launched a new website:

I am still trying to figure out how to post pictures, but I hope to have that done shortly. I’ve tried to clean things up a little for easier navigation. Please let me know if I’ve been successful or if something needs to be changed.

If you have any suggestions, please contact me at stevensirski [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d be more than happy to talk/chat/email with you.

As for this site, I will keep it active for now, but will stop updating it shortly.

Many thanks for your continued support,



Happy Easter!

April 24, 2011
Baba in Church

Babuska in Church. Kharkov, Ukraine

I thought I’d make a little post to wish everybody a Happy Easter. As they say in Ukraine, Христос Воскрес! (“Christ is Risen!”) to which others respond Воїстину Воскрес! (“Indeed He is Risen!)

For those non-denominational folks, Happy bunny and chocolate day. (Remember those Cadbury commercials with the bunny who clucks like a chicken??)

I attended most of an epic Ukrainian Orthodox Easter service last night, dropping out at 2:30 am for a rest before returning to bless Easter baskets at 5 am. Quite the ordeal. After the blessing, my fellow church-goer and I returned to my place to eat the blessed food: meat (she says it was chicken, I don’t believe her), eggs and paska. Paska, in Ukraine, is amazing. Unlike in Canada, it’s served as a dessert at the end of the meal.

I will write more about Easter in Ukraine and Ukraine itself in a later post. Until then, Happy Easter!

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