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UkrainAmerica [Dec. 26th, 2010|08:51 am]

 A comparison of the country side and small town of western Ukraine (Sambir and surrounding area) and Wisconsin (Baraboo and surrounding area). Except the train tracks shots are taking in Lviv and Devil's Lake.
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(no subject) [Feb. 8th, 2010|02:12 am]
ahh!! to think that Yanukovych might become president is truly a scary thought!!!

in other news, saw Caci Vorba today!!! amazing!!

also went to a going away party, so many such parties lately((( sad that so many polish friends are leaving(((
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epic music week [Jan. 3rd, 2010|11:51 am]
[music |Caci Vorba]

Had the most epic week of music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and all unplanned.
All started with Tafiychuk family playing us Hutsul music, three generations of Hutsuly playing authentic Carpathian music. Then me and Shaun playing kolomyjka in Kolomyja.
The next day Lyudy Dobri played at Dzyga, and then were joined by some members of Burdon!
Then New Year's Eve we sang and made up our own kolomyjkas, while I played on tsymbaly, then Ihor played songs on guitar, and then later Worldy Savages played, Marchyk on violin, Eric on guitar, and Yura on glass bottle.

And probably the most epic of all was last night. First Worldy Savages had a practice in my apartment, aka private concert. And then, later in the evening witnessed members of three of my all time favorite bands play music around a table drinking beer and cognac.  Members of Caci Vorba, Orkiestra Sw. Mikolaja, and Burdon were hanging out at Dzyga playing songs of all three bands, including some of my favorities: Bosena Rovena, A Ty Myla, Tomu Kosy, Sam Pan U Zloti. We were sitting just a few meters away at a table drinking beer and listening to these amazing musicians play gypsy, caprathian, lemko, polish, etc. music. So much more impressive than a real concert, just them having fun, playing, drinking, dancing...the energy is something that can't be found in any other format.
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(no subject) [Dec. 17th, 2009|09:31 pm]
I've said it before and i'll say it again: Life never ceases to surprise me!
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(no subject) [Dec. 14th, 2009|04:40 pm]
[music |Burdon]

had a very nice weekend in karpaty. met some really nice and interesting people. saw the mountains covered in snow for the first time. played some really funny games. drank tasty glintwine. ate yummy korean food. threw snowballs. made a snow angel.
then sunday evening was at Lyudy Dobri's album presentation concert:)

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(no subject) [Oct. 13th, 2009|05:50 pm]
first snow

and while I was listening to Burdon on my MP3 player just now on my way home I walked by the the violinist with her violin on her back)))))))))))))
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TO reunion [Sep. 22nd, 2009|10:07 pm]
[music |Lyudy Dobri - Tupotila Tupotila]

Toronto Uki Fest this weekend was great!
Lyudy Dobri were great! I still can't believe I saw them in Toronto, so surreal!

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An unsolved mystery from the flight back to Chicago: Soon after I sat down the flight attendant came up to me and said my name and then asked if I spoke Ukrainian. Then he asked if I spoke any other languages like Polish. I said I could understand Polish and Russian a little bit. And then that was it. I was a caught bit off guard by what he said so I didn't ask him how he knew my name or that I spoke Ukrainian, so I guess I will never know how he knew....

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(no subject) [Sep. 14th, 2009|10:55 pm]
This weekend, at a food co-op in Madison, I had a mocha with peanut butter.  Genius! and Delicious!
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(no subject) [Aug. 16th, 2009|01:17 am]
i miss listening to punk
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(no subject) [Aug. 3rd, 2009|06:40 pm]
so sick today
and crazy storm
http://zik.com.ua/ua/news/2009/08/03/190907  (scroll down and look at pictures)
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