We stopped for pizza and beer at the much-loved Pizza Maranello and then continued our walk through the park across the river. It's REALLY nice to be living closer to this part of town.
That evening D and his cousin went to Stargorod to catch up over some beer. Apparently the second floor is now open and is a much quieter place than the first. Meanwhile, I met up with a former student at the Ukrainian-themed cafeteria Puzata Hata. This student is one of Kharkov's many foreign PhD students and speaks English quite well, which made for very decent conversation! Since it's now Ramadan and he's Muslim, we loaded up our trays with food and then waited until 8:30 PM on the dot to dig in. Around 10 PM we were surprised by D and his cousin walking into the dining room for a late night snack! People keep telling me that Kharkov is a big village- I've never agreed with this but if coincidences like this keep happening... Really, in a city of 1.5 million, shouldn't it be less likely to run into people you know in random parts of town? For example, yesterday D and I were exploring a new neighborhood and who should fly by on a bike but one of our Scrabble players!
Ready to sever ties with our old apartment, we took the metro back and spent the afternoon scrubbing and mopping until everything gleamed. It was nice to live there this past year, but I'm excited to have made this move to a new place. Here's what a year of fanatical tea-drinking looks like:
|All along I told myself- when we reach the top, it'll be time to move|
It wasn't until now that I realized Sergei was right about the city being scarily empty. Taking the metro last night was almost creepy. Behold an empty Arkhitektora Beketova:
Beketov was a Ukrainian/Soviet architect who designed a bunch of projects around Kharkov. One of my friends said "if you see a beautiful building, it was probably his." In 1941 he was named an Honored Architect of USSR.
|Beketov statue in front of Kharkov's Institute of Architecture|
The metro station named after him is very long and features two beautiful stained glass exhibits.
|This one shows several famous Kharkov landmarks, such as the mirror stream fountain. These pictures don't really do it justice; it's a neat station!|