Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Take Me Back Tuesday - USSR




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We were in Odessa, Ukraine...at the time it was still kind of the USSR as it was all breaking apart. We were there for about 6 weeks on an exchange program. Would couldn't go when we initially planned to because of the Gorbachev coup. We couldn't go home as expected either because of civil unrest. And I'm pretty sure we were told to try to "blend in" and if anyone asked, that we were from the Baltic Republic (nobody would have believed it - we smiled way too much). "Our Russians" (as we liked to call them) had come to stay with us earlier that year. I could fill pages with memories from the trip.

So here I am in my letter jacket (a must have those days) and a huge scrunchie. We were wearing their school uniforms. It was gray and smoggy all of the time as you can see in the background. We were there over Thanksgiving and I brought one can of Spaghetti O's and a can opener so I could celebrate :) The priorities of a high schooler!

10 comments:

  1. Ahh, the scrunchie...who didn't have a 1000 of those back in the day!

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  2. And the white tights! Those are classic.

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  3. It must have been really neat to do an exchange program like that. My travels are so limited... someday!!!

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  4. Now that is interesting!! WOW!
    I'm doing a High School Meme next month you should link up this post... it makes a great story!!

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  5. I grew up as a missionary kid in Ukraine. My parents are still there, about 1 hour from Odessa. I have been there several times.

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  6. Wow - that is very interesting! Thanks for sharing it with us. By the way, I love scrunchies!

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  7. 6 weeks! That is crazy cool! I would love to hear more about it sometime!

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  8. lol... i vote that you definitely post more childhood pictures... that was fun to see!!

    ~Kim

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  9. Spaghetti O's!! It doesn't get any cooler than that!

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