From left, Svitlana, the finance director at Rivne Vechirne; me; Valentyna, the newspaper's editor; translator Nadia; translator Anzhelike; and political writer, Serhiy.
I learned a few key phrases from my Ukrainian colleagues, and can now say -- if not spell! -- the following phrases in Ukrainian:
how are you?
There are a few others, but I'm just starting and Ukrainian is much more difficult than some of the other languages I've attempted to learn.
|Here the group says farewell after gifts were exchanged all around, including chocolate and coffee from Ukraine.|
|One of the coffees.|
|Fruit-centered sweets in assorted flavors.|
I gave each of them a a signed copy of SING TO MY HEART. They gave me a bar of chocolate and it's really cool to read the packaging -- or I should say look at the packaging since I can't read most of it.
This is the second group from Rivne Vechirne to visit the Daily Press. A delegation from the Daily Press is supposed to go there when things calm down in the country.
|Here, DP writer Peter Dujardin, right, chats with the Ukrainian journalists.|