When you are in a city the size of Kyiv (approximately 5,000,000 people) you find that as you get to know your way around and figure out where to look you'll find that there is simply an amazing array of things to see and do. It would be impossible to find the time to go to all the events that I find interesting.
I did go with some friend to: The Beatles Remembered. I like the Beatles songs but I'm not a 'huge' fan. At the same point I loved this show as every song was song by a different Ukrainian artist. My friends could tell you the names of the artists. As for me well no, I have no idea. There was a young lady who might not have been a teenager yet who had one of the most incredible voices I have ever heard! I understand she won at an even younger age a talent contest on a Ukrainian TV show.
Those of you who know me know that I enjoy my food. There is a never ending supply of food stands, cafe's and restaurants here. I have no idea how many there are!! What I can tell you is that they mostly lean to the European side of the food world. French, Italian,and Sushi is everywhere you look. I have heard of one Korean. One or two Cuban. There is a Brazilian and three Chinese and a few that lean towards the American style of food. Of course there is Ukrainian food and some absolutely great food from the country of Georgia . Make sure if you like wine that you try the Georgian wines as you'll find none better. Recently however Poco-loco opened up within a 20 minute walk from my flat. Real Mexican food (Tex-Mex) with spices in the food. Yes I said spices, as in a little heat. I have found that when other restaurants list or warn me personally that the food is spicy, they don't really know spice as I know it. I like some heat to add to the flavor but not enough to make me think I'm going to die!!!
The two photos above are just two of the different acts that performed at the Beatles Remembered concert.
Some of the food from Poco-loco. Two of the musicians with part of our group. Finally Jorge, Ludmila, Diana and myself at the restaurant. I urge you all, don't sit at home, go out see the world, meet new people and try new things. Life is short so go and enjoy the journey. From Ukraine, Al
Jim, Dr. Victoria and myself in her office at the hospital. She chastised Jim mildly that he had to come sometime for a longer visit and stay as a guest in her house.
One of the quarries we drove by on the so called 'road' from the hospital to Bohdan's families house. Couldn't take photos of the road as we simply were too busy being jostled about to be able to aim a camera!
The whole family. It took a little coaxing to get dad in a photo as he was a bit shy. They work making monuments for grave sites and are slowly fixing up their small house and building a new one also for their children with the new one being next to theirs.Very nice and cozy but most people from the USA would be amazed as the size as they might be 400 sq feet per house.
The garden area where food is grown for themselves and for preserving for the winter along with food for their cow, 2 pigs and chickens.
The table set with home made food. The two oldest daughters had prepared all of our food so that mama could stay at her job as long as possible. She said her co-workers didn't believe she would be having guests coming as "who would come way out here to see your family". Also one of the daughters in the kitchen which is in a separate building which housed the kitchen.. The one new house has a built in kitchen being added to it!
No this photo is not added to scare you even though it might :) Bohdan fell in love with my smart phone and I showed him how to go thru and look at my photos and he motioned asking if he could take photos. I think I have to edit thru about 200 of the photos he took but I wanted to add one of his to my blog in the hope that some day he will have the opportunity to see my blog and know that one of his photos is published. This one is for you Bohdan.
I would be remiss if I didn't add a photo of this wonderful lady Kristina who came along to help. Jim knows some Russian, I know even less but Kristina speaks Russian and English and was invaluable to us.. Jim is the type of person who talks to everyone and believes that there are no strangers but only people you have not gotten to know yet. If you ever meet him please shake his hand and tell him what a great man he is because it's true.
Also if you meet a Scotsman have him call you by name. He was amazed at my accent (?). Hey I'm from Wisconsin I don't have an accent!! But his Scottish brogue entranced me, especially when he called my name. Instead of Al I am: Aaaalll :)
When you have a chance. See the many places the world has to show us and meet some of the amazing people that populate it.
Slava Ukraine my friends