I personally like languages. If you would like to learn a language I found this cool site: Preply where you can get individual tutors in a number of different languages. Maybe you'd prefer to teach. Then this is the place for you as well.
Now how many of you understand this....Spasibo
I am now in a foreign country....the United States! Yes it does seem foreign after living in Ukraine for 2 and 1/2 years. I no longer feel at home here but it is great to be back as I am visiting some friends and family and more importantly I am here for my oldest son's wedding.
I am waiting for the professional photos to be posted as I only took a few and I have some on here that were posted by others. I will tell you that it was a beautiful day, both the weather and the ceremony. Congratulations to my son Evan Koch and the bride Sarah Koch. It is nice to be able to finally be able to call her Sarah Koch.
A few photos for you to hopefully enjoy as well. Oh and one of the gifts I gave them was a Ukrainian rushnyk. Look it up ))
I was told when I came here by some people who obviously did not know better that Ukrainian food would be boring. They were probably thinking only of borsch (a soup normally made with beets) and varenyke (dumplings). These are actually very good and come in many different varieties. But the variety of food available here is truly amazing and very good. OK, I have to admit that finding good Mexican food is a challenge, or even impossible and the pizza is also hard to find really good ones. At least in my opinion.
This is Coconut Stone! A half of a coconut which is filled with shredded coconut, a thin layer of frozen chocolate and mango shreds on top. Presented on a plate with two banana leaves. This was gotten at Viet bar. A little restaurant where the chef/cook is a native of Vietnam.
At the Vietnamese restaurant we also had Vietnamese coffee (hot drip coffee that you then put milk, sugar and ice in). Followed by a dish with pork, shrimp and peanuts...forgot the name. Shrimp egg rolls with mild sauce, medium sauce and a hot sauce that actually had some heat. Most Ukrainians are not fond of 'hot' spices. Finally a coconut milk soup with vegetables and meat that was to die for. I might mention that the prices here are very inexpensive compared to other places in the world.
Sorry not the best photos, (hey we were all eating). One of the desserts at Lviv Chocolate. Great place for coffee as well. Followed by a Chinese rice noodle dish with pork and vegetables at a very nice Chinese restaurant that I had not heard of before.
There are so many restaurants and cafes here you really should come and try some of them. You'll find amazing food, amazing coffee and of course many amazing people.
пока (Russian for bye)
Some of the many things you can do here. Maria the tour guide had a short walking tour and then Salsa lessons for a small group of people. Sorry the one photo is a little fuzzy since it's a screen shot of a video I took. Those who know me might be wondering about my dancing ability. No I did not dance....it was a safety measure that was done to keep the ladies feet from being stepped on!
In my home state of Wisconsin the only time you can bring a dog into a restaurant is if it is a service dog. Here dogs are as welcome in the restaurants and cafe's as people are. This cute little wiener dog came to say hello as I was having my coffee. As a side note sometimes the dogs have better behavior :-)
In the center of Kyiv near Maidan and Independence Square you can see this beautiful landscaped clock. You'll be amazed at what there is to see in this city.
One of the things I do to support myself and so I can do some volunteer work here is to sell products using graphic design and on different sites including an Etsy store that I now have. My Etsy store (LovelifebyAl) has a large number of designs based on Ukrainian embroidery. More designs and products will be coming in the future. Check it out please!
What's going on here? Well I and a few other went on a tour called: 11 WISHES AND DREAMS here in Kyiv with a very nice English speaking guide Maria. I am sitting on one of the statues we saw as we walked around the city. In order for your wishes to come true you must sit and grab the ears. I would suggest you contact Maria at: fk-tours.com/ yourself and take one of her tours.
Short little post about Ukraine. I saw this posting in my newsfeed on FB and I wanted to share it with you all. I haven't seen all these places yet but hopefully you'll want to come see Ukraine after you read the article.
Well it's time to do another post. OK, it's past time to do another post!
This past winter a friend from Texas came to Ukraine and asked me to join him on a short trip to Kharkov, Ukraine. Why not as long as I could arrange the time so off we went.
Kharkov has a population of over 1.5 million people. At one point in time it was the capitol of Ukraine, but of course that was relinquished as Kyiv became the capitol.
Kharkov is also known as the City of Students and Youth because of it's 38 universities.
Our trip started on the new fast train. Very nice 4 1/2 hour ride on a very nice new train. US cost for our tickets was only $18 for round trip tickets!
Did I mention it was winter! Take a look at this fountain. Also one thing you notice here in Ukraine versus Wisconsin where I'm originally from is that they don't have to clean the sidewalks.Which means you walk at your own peril. Yes there is ice and I had two friends in Kyiv who fell and had to deal with bruised/cracked ribs and even a concussion!
A short 5 minute walk from the hotel was a nice little park with this arch and beautiful church.
Here you see part of the famous Gorky Park. A beautiful, large park and I'm sure full of people in nice weather. Still a fair amount of people walking there on this day and a lot of squirrels.
In the central part of the city you'll see a fair number of statues.
Just like everywhere else I've eaten here in Ukraine the food was amazing.
Above to the left is a huge piece of pork tenderloin with pomegranate sauce.
To the right is Salo. Cured slabs of fatback. Don't say YUCK until you've tried it.
I'll leave you with this beautiful photo of the restaurant/cafe called Paris. Fantastic food and decor at a low price. Shortly after I arrived all 3 floors filled up and they were turning people away. This during the middle of the week. I recommend you all come and visit this country and the nice people who call it home.
You never know what experience you'll have until you do it.
Side note: My friend and I took the metro back to the train station. In seeing if the metro card from Kyiv would work, (it didn't) the police noticed and brought us back to office. The just checked our passports and made sure we didn't have anything illegal in our carry ons or pockets. It seems they had noticed us trying to use a card at the metro entrance that wasn't for Kharkov metro. Since everything was good they thanked us for our time and our understanding, shook our hands and helped guide us to our train. A pleasant experience with the foreign police of Kharkov.
Yes Kate this blog post is dedicated to you. Everyone we met in Kharkov asked us WHEN you are coming back))