March 19, 2008

Hope for Brighter Days

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 8:05 pm by Jenn


My part-time position has turned in to a temporary full time position with all of craziness surrounding the American community here.  I’m feeling a little like a fish out of water given that today was my third day on the job and I really have no clue what I should be doing.

It’s no secret that we have been asked to reduce the number of American staff here in Belarus.  The decision has been made who those people will be and now those of us staying in Belarus are trying our best to focus attention on getting these people, their families and belongings to their next destination.  I guess there really is no right or wrong way to tackle this daunting task.  Tomorrow I’m just going to jump in with both feet and do what I can for these people. 

Coming from a military family and marrying in to a military family you become accustomed to people coming in and out of your life, but I don’t think anything I’ve ever experienced before could have possibly prepared me for all this.

The next couple of weeks are going to be interesting so stay tuned!



  1. Eva said,

    That’s a beautiful shot of the crocus emerging through the snow. I haven’t seen that since I lived in Wisconsin. Hard to believe that saffron comes from that flower, isn’t it?

    I thought of you a few weeks ago when I read about Belarus pretty much cutting off diplomatic relations with the US. I’d meant to send a note asking whether this was affecting you, but then it slipped my mind, as so many things do these days. I see that it has, indeed, had an impact on you and is keeping you quite busy.

    The whole thing is not getting too much play over here, at least not in the LA Times or the Wall Street Journal, our papers of choice. It got a few inches in the Sunday Times a week and a half ago, but that’s about it. Please keep blogging about it to the extent that you can. It’s quite interesting to get a real account from someone “inside” as opposed to a few sentences from the AP outlining the most basic facts.

  2. Mom said,

    I can’t think of 2 more together people to help others make a move such as this. Sorry you have to do this but proud of you both.

  3. Ruth said,

    What a lovely picture!
    Your approach to your new job sounds so nurturing . . . good work, Jenn.

  4. Rents said,

    hey, wandered around your blog and it´s cool – even though it´s not what I was searching (I was looking for information about punks in Minsk, since some of them were visiting Estonia lately and I wanted to know more about that click)

    but in my mind it is HUGE cultural difference between west and Russia/Belarus, so it´s sweet that you´re coping so well 🙂

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