November 15th, 2010

Olha Sorokivska CUPP 2010 Intern

Olha Sorokivska
CUPP 2010 Intern
Lviv Polytechnic National University
Intern to Bonnie Crombie, M.P. Liberal Party
2010 Michael Rebryk Scholarship recipient

A day in the life of CUPP Intern
November 4, 2010
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Today is my 52nd day in Ottawa. I cannot believe that time has fled so fast and less than in 2 weeks I will be home.
This day was special because it was the day when I said goodbye to Bonnie, my M.P. It’s interesting: the first time, when I took to writing my diary, I met her for the first time. And now I am writing about the last day I saw her. Today I gave her the present that I had brought from Ukraine – a set of beautiful photo albums about Lviv and 2 dolls: a Ukrainian girl and a Ukrainian boy in national costumes. She was very happy and surprised to receive this present.  From the period of my internship in her office I can make a conclusion that I am lucky because the atmosphere there was so friendly all the time that I still do not want to leave.
But let’s come back to the story about my day today. So, in the morning I could hardly make myself get up (well, it will not be a secret, if I say that it happens every morning))). Having my breakfast… walking to the Parliament…9 am….office 619.  When I came, the office was closed, so I decided to go to the cafeteria to buy me a cup of coffee. There I met Luch, Bonnie’s assistant, and it was he who bought me a cup of coffee))) and we went to the office. I like Luch very much, he has a great sense of humor, he has always been so nice to me. He has been working in the Parliament for 17 years and he is very smart. I’ll be missing him as well.
During the lunch time we shoot a video in the Central Block with Bonnie for our CUPP video. After lunch it began raining and it did not stop raining until the end of the day. Brr. I hate such weather.
At 5 pm I and two of my colleagues, Mykhaylo Palahitskyy and Illya Filatov, went to the National Gallery of Canada, the most famous art institution in this country. On Tuesday at the Barney’s version presentation I met Shawn Fried, director of operations of the Ministry of Public Safety. By the way, I advise everybody who has not seen this movie, definitely do it, because it is really worth seeing.
So, Shawn suggested he would give us a tour through the National Gallery and I willingly agreed, as during all our stay in Ottawa I did not have the opportunity to visit this Gallery. Saying that I was impressed, means nothing to say, because it is a unique place with fabulous paintings of different artists of all times. We had very limited time because at 7.30 pm was the Crimea presentation in the Ukrainian Embassy. One must spend all day there in order to see all the paintings. So, Shaw showed us the best ones and told very interesting stories about them. I saw paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, Salvador Dali and many others. Oh, it was amazing that I could feel the spirit of these artists.
Then I invited Shawn to the Crimea presentation organized by the interns from the Crimea. Several other interns also were involved. I enjoyed the presentation, as well as poetry by Pushkin and Lesia Ukrainka, the song by Aishe… All guests were very satisfied that they saw this fascinating and unforgettable performance. My special gratitude to all interns who had organized this event.
The day ended with myself and my CUPP friends’ drinking wine and singing songs to the guitar…
I Love CUPP!

Ganna Tselikovska CUPP 2011 APPLICANT

 Ganna Tselikovska
Dnipropetrovsk National University named after Oles Honchar

Do you want to learn how an average girl (me) aged 21 spent the 15th of November?
Before you read about my day let me tell you several worlds about myself. As you already know, I am 21. I am five-year student of International Economy Faculty. I am from Dniprodzerzhynsk but study in Dnipropetrovsk so I rent an apartment here.

6.30 a.m. I get up because today my study at university.begins at 8.00 a.m. The bus doesn’t go directly to my university building, I have to walk by foot through the park for 15 minutes. It’s bad as I have to wake up so early, but such exercise twice a day keeps me fit.

7.00 a.m. Today is my cousin’s and roommate’s Kseniia’s birthday. Since I have to leave home so early, I am congratulating her and wish her all the best.

8.00 a.m. My studies begin. Today I have three lessons: English, Strategic Management and International Monetary and Credit-Payment Operations (in fact it’s not so scary as it sounds).

12.30 a.m. End of my studies for today!!! Hurrah! But it’s not the end! I have free time until 3 p.m. so I just hang around and have lunch.

3.00 p.m. I have lesson with a nine-year old boy. I tutor English privately and I like it very much. Today we are describing his room.

4.30. p.m. I am finally home. What I need now is a cup of strong tea and I am ready to start my homework .
9.00 p.m. Here comes Kseniia from her university birthday party. She’s got sooo many flowers and presents. Well, now we have our own small birthday cake.

11.00 p.m. Our party gets a little bit late . But it’s time to go to sleep since tomorrow is Kseniia’s turn to get up at 6.30 a.m. It was a long but pleasant day.