We started out here, climbing up the yellow steps of the Metrobudivnykiv imeni H.I. Vashchenka metro station. Although I've been changing lines at this station for over a year, I'd never actually been above ground.
this area is much more pleasant on a summer's eve : )
I wanted to ask how much the pig's head cost- and what exactly would one do with such a thing (any ideas, readers? mount it like a trophy on your wall?)- but then it seemed silly to ask so we kept walking.
It only took about 10 minutes to reach our destination, the Holiday Entertainment Complex. The Holiday bowling alley was one of the first places I visited in Kharkov. D hadn't even arrived to the city yet when I tagged along with some friends one Saturday afternoon back in 2011. We've returned several times, most recently to present a булава traditionally to a friend and party next door at a Kazaky show.
But this not to be our final destination today. Now there was a choice to be made: turn right and explore Gagarin Prospect as it winds nicely through the city, or turn left and follow the street as it heads out of town.
Old vs new?
It wasn't even a question. We turned left. Wouldn't you do the same?
We passed the sprawling campus of ХМК, otherwise known as the Kharkov Meat Factory (website). Yum.
Is it just me, or does their symbol look a tiny bit like another kind of symbol??
Then a castle-themed playground appeared, deserted save for a father, a little girl, and her blue shovel.
At this point what lay ahead didn't look especially encouraging-
In Ukraine, however, pizza sauce (or mayo, if you're unlucky, haha) and cheese seem to count as toppings and tend to be carefully rationed. In fact, you can see that on this Hawaiian pizza there's no base layer of cheese at all, but rather it's an afterthought. And trust me, a generous afterthought. Usually pizzas come with less cheese than this.
But I can't complain, because I eat a lot of pizza here and don't gain weight, probably because of this topping policy. The tourism board could easily put out a new slogan: come to Ukraine, eat pizza*, lose weight!
* of course, you've got to walk to the restaurant, none of this everyone-has-a-car business! which probably also explains the lack of weight gain....
Okay, now that you're hungry for pizza, let's wrap this up!
By that point a dull gray gloom had descended on the city streets. Having walked so far already, we were ready for an alternate form of transportation: the tram.
website). It's housed in a huge building with yellow walls and an elaborately decorated roof guarded by two giant dragons. I've never seen anything like this before in Kharkov!
But before the tram approached our stop, Lenin's stern countenance glared down from the top of an academy. Four red and gold Soviet emblems adorned the entryway of another building. A vibrant cosmonaut mural brightened the street corner. By the time this ornate mosaic showed up, we knew we had to jump off the tram right here to get a better look.
So in conclusion, while there is probably still a month of this ahead...
PS: For those who'd like to follow this route themselves, view the Google map below or click here to see the map in another tab.
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