A person without friends is like a tree without roots

It is the penultimate day of our journey and it has dawned on us all that we must part ways soon. We’ll each travel forward to various places across the world- some closer like France and some farther away, like Hong Kong- but wherever we go from this point on, we’ll all carry with us a little piece of Ukraine. As we learned with the help of our wonderful language teacher and navigator  -Marta Jenkala and Liisa Tuhkanen- about a culture that values friendship and human connection as one of life’s most enriching experiences, we found that we ourselves turned from a group of complete strangers to one of dear friends.

As the Ukrainians would say:

Людина без друзів — що дерево без коріння.

A person without friends is like a tree without roots.

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