I’ll admit I’m having a very hard time creating new agriculture-related content right now. It just feels like anything I would write about is currently insignificant and poorly timed.
For the last few weeks I’ve been glued to the television watching as events unfold in Ukraine. I’ve had to turn it off recently, which makes me feel guilty because Ukrainians can’t just turn it off. But for my own mental health, I can’t continue to follow it as closely as I was. The last I’ve heard our family is fine, but that could change at any moment.
This is me in Kyiv. I’m standing in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral bell tower (you can see the main church behind it). It’s designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The foundations of the cathedral were laid at some point between 1011 and 1037. It was breathtaking. But now I have no idea whether it’s still standing, or if it is, its current condition.
Naturally, I’ve reflected on my trip to Ukraine in 2013. If you can believe it, that was my first international trip (I just jump right into these things). It was a life changing experience and makes you realize that other parts of the world aren’t so different from our own. If you have the opportunity to go places, to see things, to experience a different part of the world, I hope you take it. Because you never know when or if that chance will end.