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))