When I first arrived in Lviv, Bohdan was the first Ukrainian student I met. David and I were on our way to the student center and we passed him in the street. He hadn't been around the student center in a while, but he was excited about introducing a new American to the city. He helped me out a tremendous amount those first few weeks. We have become good friends - and he has introduced me to some of my closest friends here.
I'm glad that Bohdan is following his heart - but I'm sad that that means he will be leaving Ukraine and emigrating to Canada. It is always sad when one of our best and brightest leaves our borders. I hope that someday he will come back to help make Ukraine better.
|Pavlo and Kristina (the girl on the left) set up the banner for his surprise party!|
|The group waiting around to hide.|
|Bohdan with a big smile after a big surprise!|