June 19, 2005: Headlines: COS - Ukraine: Humor: Washington Post: Ukraine RPCV Elizabeth Roen says: Peace Corps volunteers all over the world are famous for hosting and for being guests. Our desire to travel overwhelms our income, and if a fellow volunteer asks to stay at your place, you can't say no.

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Ukraine: Peace Corps Ukraine : The Peace Corps in the Ukraine: June 19, 2005: Headlines: COS - Ukraine: Humor: Washington Post: Ukraine RPCV Elizabeth Roen says: Peace Corps volunteers all over the world are famous for hosting and for being guests. Our desire to travel overwhelms our income, and if a fellow volunteer asks to stay at your place, you can't say no.

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Ukraine RPCV Elizabeth Roen says: Peace Corps volunteers all over the world are famous for hosting and for being guests. Our desire to travel overwhelms our income, and if a fellow volunteer asks to stay at your place, you can't say no.

Ukraine RPCV Elizabeth Roen  says: Peace Corps volunteers all over the world are famous for hosting and for being guests. Our desire to travel overwhelms our income, and if a fellow volunteer asks to stay at your place, you can't say no.

"Being a host has its inconveniences. But its rewards are greater than its demands. The almost daily possibility that someone might stop by in need of a place to spend the night made me more flexible and less uptight. It was good for me, and I miss the feeling of anticipating the unexpected. "

Ukraine RPCV Elizabeth Roen says: Peace Corps volunteers all over the world are famous for hosting and for being guests. Our desire to travel overwhelms our income, and if a fellow volunteer asks to stay at your place, you can't say no.

'We Were Just Passing Through': Houseguest Horror Stories-and a Few Happy Surprises

Washington Post
June 19, 2005

Peace Corps volunteers all over the world are famous for hosting and for being guests. Our desire to travel overwhelms our income, and if a fellow volunteer asks to stay at your place, you can't say no. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, I lived in Uzhhorod, a beautiful, formerly Hapsburg and now formerly Soviet town. Almost every week I hosted at least one volunteer and occasionally their Ukrainian friends and colleagues.

One particular night stands out. The day started with one guest leaving in the morning to head back to her village. A few hours later, a couple arrived to stay the night before leaving for Budapest on a 5 a.m. train. At about 4 a.m., as Ben and Erika were sleeping in my living room on my fold-out couch, someone rang my doorbell insistently. It turned out to be Juniper and Kristin, who had just been dropped off by a bus returning to Ukraine from a pilgrimage to the Vatican.

Ben and Erika left to catch their train. Juniper and Kristin fell asleep on the couch that had been vacated only an hour before.

Being a host has its inconveniences. But its rewards are greater than its demands. The almost daily possibility that someone might stop by in need of a place to spend the night made me more flexible and less uptight. It was good for me, and I miss the feeling of anticipating the unexpected.

Elizabeth Roen
Washington





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By Elizabeth Roen (165.83.200.172) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 6:20 pm: Edit Post

Dear Editor,

I've written before. Could you please correct the text of this entry so that it reads "Ukraine RPCV Elizabeth Roen"

I was in Ukraine from 1997 - 1999. Unfortunately, I've never been to Uzbekistan.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Roen

By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-25-123.balt.east.verizon.net - 151.196.25.123) on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 6:30 pm: Edit Post

Dear Ms. Roen,

Thank you for your message. The correction has been made. PCOL regrets the error.

Best Regards,


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