I just got back from having lunch with the most delightful couple.
The lovely Valentyna Golash hosts Ukrainian Time, the Ukrainian program in Montreal. Her charming husband, Roman Golash, is the webmaster of the interesting and highly informative Ukemonde website.
Valentyna was commissioned to produce a feature on BC by Radio Canada International, where she also does Ukrainian programming. Roman decided to take some holidays and come along for the ride, and they've been doing a whirlwind tour of the west coast.
Roman and I had met in cyberspace several years ago, when the internet was still new. I'd also corresponded occasionally with Valentyna on radio business and of course heard her on her program. It was wonderful to finally meet in person.
They've been staying in downtown Vancouver and came to my neck of the woods via Skytrain, Vancouver's vaunted elevated rapid transit system. We lunched at the White Spot restaurant, where Roman had one of their famous (and fabulous) burgers, and Valentyna (who is doing a strict lenten fast ... crazy girl! ... she's off to Ukraine next week!) had the veggie garden burger. (I had eggs benny, if anyone's interested.) They gave me a gorgeous RCI shirt and I gave them my typical and boring "gift" of CDs of my and Pavlo's programs.
It was like lunching with old friends and two hours was not nearly enough time! We promised each other we'd meet again soon. Meanwhile, keep an eye out at RCI's website and check out Valentyna's impression of BC!