A Day in the Life of Ukraine 3

November 1, 2012

A. Kozlov, Development Communication Consultant, Kramatorsk

Post-election Thursday. The sun came up in Ukraine this morning—despite the doom and gloom messages from the whole political spectrum of parties and international observers.

“But will it be up on November 2?” is not the kind of question that bothers me today. I woke up a couple minutes before seven, rime still covering patches of faintly green grass outside. “Finally, it will be cold enough not to feel like Honolulu in my room!” The central heating was launched on schedule this year –October 15—but, with this surge of warm weather in the high 60s F, you wish they had a more sophisticated heating equipment to tune it down according to the outdoor temperature oscillations.

I began my day in a usual way by checking e-mail with my HTC. The Taiwanese device used to be my ultimate companion during the dark and (a bit) chilly evenings in Zimbabwe, where I had spent over a year as a volunteer.

“Great! Two emails from Zimbabwe.” The guy who wrote back to me is one of the stringers contributing to the site that I edit. It’s a site about religion in Zimbabwe. For now, I am still the site’s editor. I helped launch it about two years ago. But now I wish we could finally find somebody local to take over the editorship from me. “Move on, Andy. Expand your realm.”—There are lots of exciting things being done by faith-based organizations in the neighboring Botswana and Zambia—“Eh, I only wish we could find a self-driven editor for Zim as soon as possible.”

Having replied to the Zim guy, I move on to the Music on my device. Monocle 24 podcast series. Life in Kramatorsk would probably be a burden for me without iTunes. Thank God for being able to update myself on the world in all these “foreign” tongues that are non-existent on Ukraine’s digital terrestrial network of 32 TV channels.

It is browsing the net that got me in touch with an American volunteer in Donetsk. It is through the net that I came across his blog and invited myself to come and make a presentation on humanitarian work and the UN for his students. This is how actually how I got to know about A Day in the Life of Ukraine.

Yeah, the internet is a cool thing. But one can’t spend the whole day gazing at the screens. So, today I have a tennis game. One hour today. Two on Sunday. My usual schedule—except that it always breaks when I need to go for an occasional conference to Lviv or a media market in Kyiv. “One needs to network, Andy.” And NO, the internet cannot substitute for the fun of a real 3D face-to-face conversation.

I had my conversation time with my tennis counterpart today. “See you on Sunday, Igor!”

“But will there be Sunday in Ukraine? Will the sun rise up over here on November 2?”

This is not the kind of question that bothers me.

I’ve got a bunch of new emails in my inbox.

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