Fire tragedy in Odessa Ukraine

Ukraine Tragedy – Odessa Children Die In Fire While Government Points Fingers

Tragedy takes lives of 3 children My original post today was tobe on another subject. I will discuss a tragedy in Odesssa, Ukraine instead. This tragedy is barely mentioned in western media. Three children at a state (government) camp died in a fire. The Ukrainian government is already pointing fingers to avoid responsibility. Ukraine’s own media does not report on this […]

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People of Russia and Crimea – My Experiences

My experience with Russian and Crimean people has always been positive. This hospitality is deeply embedded in their culture and moral values. People Who Are Strangers There are categories of relationships that define how people treat you in Russia and Crimea. I have found these categories of people hold across all the areas of the former Soviet Union that I […]

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Russian Crimean Status in 2017

I see many articles in the West saying how bad things are on the Crimean peninsula, under Russia’s control. Closed businesses, crumbling infrastructure, poor treatment of Tatars, and families unable to visit each other due to the Russia/Ukraine border. All I can say from first hand experience is that it just is not so. Plight of the Tatars We see […]

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Omnipod & Afrezza

From Russia with Omnipod – Afrezza Decision Mistake

I have been in Russia for a bit over a week now. I decided to try to take the “easy” route, and only wear my Omnipod. It seemed it would be easier to carry a few pods and a couple of bottles of regular insulin, instead of the many packages of Afrezza that inherently get questioned at international security. Compared […]

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Bus ride to Yalta

Bus Ride to Yalta Crimea

One of the things I always recall from visits to Ukraine and Crimea are the bus rides. Usually they are small, 15-20 person vans, that range from full to over-packed. On this Crimean Bus Ride to Yalta, it was enjoyable and comfortable. Usually, it is not so relaxing. Bus Rides in Crimea Normally, this particular route has full bus loads, […]

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Crimea Sunrise 2017

I am lucky enough to enjoy a sunrise in Crimea again. It has been a full year since I last enjoyed the weather and beautiful nature here. After sharing food and wine with family and friends last night, and enjoying a good night’s sleep in the fresh sea air, I am refreshed after the long journey. But morning comes early. Sunrise […]

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OmniPod Tubeless Insulin Pump

OmniPod Tubeless Insulin Pump First Thoughts

I received the OmniPod tubeless insulin pump system today, and these are my first thoughts. You can find information on the pump at this link. I will follow-up with more information in a later post. OmniPod Tubeless Insulin Pump System The OmniPod Tubeless Insulin Pump System is an insulin pump that delivers insulin to diabetics. Unlike other pumps, the OmniPod […]

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