Exploring Kirovograd

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Kirovograd is in the center of Ukraine and has a lot of interesting things to see.  There is a refurbished Opera, a Philharmonia (closed until September), many art and history museums, castle ruins, a lovely Dendra Park with rides, dancing and entertainment, and bazaars.  In addition, there is a large library with a very active Windows on America section.  I facilitate an English Club there on Wednesdays and help out another PCV with his Club on Mondays.  We cover topics as varied as volunteering, vacations, American culture, and setting personal goals.  I have made numerous friends from the English Club whom I socialize with and who occasionally tutor me in Russian.  One of the Club members Grigoriy plays the flute really well, and he and I recently played a couple of tunes together (I played my tenor recorder) at a session on music.  Another Club member Sasha frequently brings his «скрипка» (violin) to the meetings and plays Ukrainian music.  This week a visiting friend Marya (who recently completed a Peace Corps Response placement in Georgia) facilitated two classes on American folk songs and a «Virginia Reel» dance session — great fun!2015-07-02 19.03.38 2015-07-02 18.59.05 2015-07-04 13.28.51 2015-07-04 11.40.44 2015-07-02 19.22.14

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