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NPR’s Ailsa Chang follows up with Ivanka Gonak who was a tour information in Lviv, Ukraine, ahead of the Russian invasion, and has now fled to Germany.


All correct. To Lviv now, a city in western Ukraine that has been tranquil for much of the war. But around the weekend, Russian missiles rattled Lviv citizens when they struck military targets there. Lviv is house to Ivanka Gonak. She worked as a tour guide in her beloved home town for 15 many years. Gonak claims she is aware of the story guiding nearly every single stone in just about every wall of the town and has published guidebooks about Lviv. We spoke to her just a few days just before she and her 3 little ones boarded the initial practice evacuating folks out of Lviv. They are in southern Germany now, which is where by Ivanka Gonak joins us nowadays. Welcome back again to ALL Points Regarded as.

IVANKA GONAK: Thank you so much.

CHANG: Very well, thank you for becoming with us yet again. Where by just in southern Germany are you appropriate now? I recognize that you and your young ones are in a resort.

GONAK: Of course, we are in a wonderful luxury resort. We have been welcomed right here by the operator in this tiny resort metropolis surrounded with mountains and by the lake.

CHANG: How has it been changing to life in Germany for you and your young ones?

GONAK: Very well, we had family below in Munich. It is really all around one-hour generate from this city. 1st couple of times, they presented us the shelter. But then they welcomed a different spouse and children and we had to find a new place.

CHANG: Yeah. May well I ask, what is it like to leave a metropolis that you were so connected to powering? I suggest, you made it your career to clearly show people today just about every day what is lovely about Lviv. What is it like to stroll absent from your house city?

GONAK: It’s complete tragedy, absolute tragedy. It can be like all my life, I was investing in the town and I was deeply – I’m nonetheless – I am connected to my metropolis no make a difference what. And I am planning to go back again. My children – they still cry about Lviv. Even the youngest – she’s 3 yrs aged. And she claims…

Unknown Little one: (Crying).

CHANG: I think I listen to her.

GONAK: …I want – yeah, essentially.


CHANG: It really is Ok if you will need to just take a second.

GONAK: That is Ok.

CHANG: Alright.

GONAK: She states, Mom, when we are again to my kindergarten with my favored teacher, with my beloved small children? And when those [expletive] enemies are heading back to their place? She’s 3, and she currently understands so quite a few items. We all want residence.

CHANG: Properly, at the minute, what are your programs for the near future for you and your little ones?

GONAK: There is certainly two sides of the coin. My children are very satisfied right here – the utmost, warm welcome that we gained here.

CHANG: You explained there have been two sides to the coin. What is the other facet? It appears like your young ones are, commonly speaking, happy for now. But what’s the other facet of the coin for you?

GONAK: Properly, I’m not content. I am absolutely not pleased because I never sense like I can be a money burden for Germany. And I do not want to be that economic load. So in about a month, I’m about to search for a task. And I can’t do that scientific work in this article as I was accomplishing in Lviv. The guideline has to come to feel the location with coronary heart, and I am just wanting about. But we hope that in two, a few or 4 months, the war will be around. We hope so. And I am about to get the beneath-qualified position in the resort or tourism business, and aspect of my income would go to Ukrainian military, and I can be a soldier listed here.

CHANG: Very well, Ivanka, when this war does at some point end, do you see by yourself transferring again to Lviv just one working day?

GONAK: I hope sure. I hope indeed. I am decided. So I know that daily life is unpredictable. But I hope that I will have the opportunity to arrive back again to Ukraine due to the fact Ukraine desires me and I want it. Yeah.

CHANG: That is Ivanka Gonak, not too long ago a tour manual in Lviv, talking to us from southern Germany, where she now life. Thank you so a great deal for becoming with us once again, Ivanka.

GONAK: Thank you so a great deal as well.

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