|Fresh fish for sale at the Freedom Square farmers' market. Yep, the fish are swimming around inside this water tank until you stop by and order tonight's dinner!|
- The first wave of the fall flu/cold hit Kharkov recently. D, his coworkers, and many of my students were out for a couple of days. Then one of my friends fell ill this week... but she said it was from eating a cold watermelon last week! I'd better add that to my list of new ways to fall ill, right between ice cubes in soda and sitting under the air conditioner.
- And when you do get sick from that smoothie, be careful how you sneeze. If you're in Ukraine, do it like a local by saying up-chee instead of the American a-choo. My students laugh and laugh at this, like English-speakers are a bunch of weirdos, but really, up-chee? Who's the weirdo? :p
- Fall also means that- when the weather's good- everywhere you go is covered in a coat of autumn's beauty. Check out Facebook for more photos.
|Cable cars in Gorky Park|
|Саржин Яр. As we walked through here I heard a little girl proudly reciting a story in English to her grandparent...and in good English too! So like a bolt of lighting I appeared next to her and said "You speak English very well!" She just stared at me, open-mouthed, then quickly shut her mouth and stared at the ground. Her older companion smiled shyly.|
- This amazing 6-minute Kharkov timelapse video by Кирилл Неежмаков highlights pretty much every place I've been writing about for the past year.
- Random quote from one of D's co-workers: "I wish I had been born 15 years earlier. Then I would be either dead or rich by now." (The 90s were a wild time!)
|Local ad for a furniture shop. It reminds me of one of the funniest blog posts ever about life in Moscow- the crazy screwdriver flatmate incident. I revisit that post practically every month!|
- Heard about Майданс (aka Майадан's) yet? If you like dancing on TV, take a look.
- Not that I have one or anything (I don't!), but this article cracks me up- The Continuing Saga of Life with a Crazy Russian Mother-in-Law. "Och, you hate my cooking. You hate me. I should run away and die on the tombstone of my Mother."
|Still more from the language debate in Ukraine- |
a pro-Russian sign in Kharkov states "right to the mother tongue".
- And finally, here's a great read about touring Chernobyl from Kate's in Ukraine.