пʼятниця, серпня 27, 2004

Happy Birthday, Ukraine!

The National Anthem

Ще не вмерлa Украiнa, нi слава, нi воля.
Ще нам, браття украiнцi, усмiхнеться доля.
Згинуть нашi вороженьки, як роса на сонцi,
Запануем i ми, браття, у своiй сторонцi.

Душу й тiло ми положим за нашу свободу,
i покажем, що ми, браття, козацького роду.

Станем, браття, в бiй кривавий вiд Сяну до Дону,
В рiднiм краю панувати не дамо нiкому;
Чорне море ще всмiхнеться, дiд Днiпро зрадie,
Ще у нашiй Украiнi доленька наспie.

А завзяття, праця щира свого ще докаже,
Ще ся волi в Украiнi пiснь гучна розляже,
За Карпати вiдоб'eться, згомонить степами,
Украiни слава стане помiж ворогами.

Павло Чубинський (музика - М.Вербицький

Ukraine has not perished, neither her glory, nor freedom,
Upon us, fellow-Ukrainians, fate shall smile once more.
Our enemies will vanish, like dew in the morning sun,
And we too shall dwell, brothers, in a free land of our own.

We'll lay down our souls and bodies to attain our freedom,
And we'll show that we, brothers, are of the Kozak nation.

We'll stand together for freedom, from the Sian to the Don,
We will not allow others to rule in our motherland.
The Black Sea will smile and grandfather Dnipro will rejoice,
For in our own Ukraine fortune shall flourish again.

Our persistence and our sincere toils will be rewarded,
And freedom's song will resound throughout all of Ukraine.
Echoing off the Carpathians, and rumbling across the steppes,
Ukraine's fame and glory will be known among all nations.

Lyrics: Pavlo Chyubyns'kyj, Music: M. Verbyts'kyj

http://kerchmax.tripod.com/symbols.html - On Ukraine: basic, but informative.

вівторок, серпня 24, 2004


I finally got around to blogging. If you are reading this, it means that you haven't completely given up on me just yet. Thanks. So here is what's been going on.
- I am alive and well, though many have lost hope.
- The 4 weeks at home were a blast. Now I'm back and still processing the truckload of news so carelessly dumped on my head. Thanks to all the contributors.
- This summer I set a new (at least for myself) record of moving in and out: 6 times!
- Today is the Independence Day of Ukraine.
- My best friends in both of my worlds got married.
- For the first time in my life I had a (relatively) full-time job. As a result, again, for the first time in my life I yelled at a sixty-seven-year-old woman and preferred extra sleep to a spontaneous trip to Toronto. Still very embarrassed for both. Yeah, I've never been so ready to go back to school...
- Cut my hair.
- Got a tattoo.
- Fell in love with the beautiful city of Montreal. Why wasn't I born French?
- My (younger!) brother made a note that looking at the bill when you are not paying is poor taste. The glorious days of being an older sister are nearing the end. Or maybe they're just starting, but with the emphasis on "sister" as opposed to "older".
- I never ended up traveling around Eastern Europe.
- Kids started addressing me "madam" (Frau, женщина, etc). The very first time I heard that, it made me feel 20 kg heavier and 20 years older.
- My temporary roommate is laughing by herself in the living room.
- I finally own some good Ukrainian and Russian music.