Lviv Livin’

Hello Friends!

I can't believe it was a week ago that we left for Lviv! The week had flown by. We've been having a great time exploring and taking in the beauty of the city. Being in Lviv is almost like being in a completely different country. Sometimes it doesn't even seem like we're still in Ukraine. The center, where we spend most of our time, is like any other old beautiful European city. It's an awesome place to get away and have fun as a family. We needed this. 🙂

This is the Opera House. Seth wasn't in a picture mood.

This is a beautiful old palace that was turned in to an art gallery. Fancy!

We climbed the tower of City Hall to get a great view of the city. 420 steps!

We've been having language lessons for about 3.5 hours per day. Our dear friend, Olya, from Kyiv has been here with us to care for the kids while we're at our lessons. She will leave tonight and Jed's parents will arrive to take over the crowd control . 😉 Thank you Olya! We love you to bits!
There's so much to see in Lviv! There are musicians and dancers and magicians and painters…Ezra loves to watch the street performers. I think he could spend all day in the square. I'm loving all the coffee and ice cream. (No surprise there!)

We found a Tex-Mex restaurant owned by an American. So yummy!!! You definitely won't find that in Zhytomyr!

The best sight for me in Lviv: cool handicap accessibility assistance buttons!

I love this so much. Not only is it helpful, it's cool. Superheroes.

Our language lessons have been good so far. It's amazing to be in Lviv where basically everyone is speaking Ukrainian. In Zhytomyr people speak Ukrainian and Russian…and usually a mix of the two. That mixing of languages can make you feel like you aren't learning a darn thing. BUT, being here in Lviv has been a great encouragement to us. We understand so much. We really are learning!!!! Hooray! I have more thoughts on language learning that I'll share in a different post. We've made some big decisions about our language learning that will be painful, but necessary. It's all good! It's all growth!
We'll be here for a couple more weeks, so I'll share more with you later about language and such.
Bye All!



  1. crystalkupper · August 17, 2014

    Man, we haven’t even found a Tex Mex place in England! Lucky you!

  2. Phyllis Hunsucker · August 17, 2014

    You make me very curious to hear your thoughts on language. It’s something that I could discuss all day anyway.

    We haven’t made it to Lviv yet, but we sure enjoyed our taste of the west earlier this summer. That part of Ukraine is just extra beautiful.

  3. Sarah Matheny · August 17, 2014

    Love that you get a little respite! I fully expected to see a turkey leg pic of Jed from the BBQ joint. What a letdown. 😉

  4. Andrea · August 17, 2014

    Is it just me or is Seth sporting a very Ukrainian hair cut? 🙂 Love him – he is too cute for words!

  5. Pat Epperly · August 18, 2014

    So happy that the children are able to be with you and all of you enjoying these special moments and places. Love U ~ Grandma Pat

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