|Kharkov's Lopan river, courtesy of my brother's HDR app : )|
After months of dust and disorder, Central Market's remodel is finally complete and I think you'll agree that it's now the best-looking market in town!
|Visiting our favorite vendor! She always remembers our names and greets us with a smile. If you find yourself shopping here, ask for Luba.|
|Part of the meat market, lots of gory bits and pieces here.|
|Book market in Fall 2012.|
|Apparent rules of the book market: smoking is allowed, shirts are optional.|
I peered past him as he unlocked an unmarked door- books were everywhere, piled 3 to 4 feet high. He quickly grabbed a book and thrust it at me- "English! Look at this while I find the others, okay?". The English book was an auction book, a dry listing of hundreds of items and prices that might as well have been in Chinese for all I understood. Within minutes the man was back, somehow having located several other books that showed the former Soviet city in snapshots of black and white. They were all pretty cool books but I went with my original choice, a 1979 publication titled Get Familiar with Kharkov.
The book is in Russian, with brief English and French summaries in its final pages.
|Left: The V.I. Lenin Heavy Electrical Engineering Plant. Right: A shop in the Turbine Plant.|
Upper left: Sumskaya Street. Lower left: The Palace of Labor.
Right: Monument to the establishment of Soviet Power in Ukraine. Residents used to jokingly call this "three men and a woman carrying a refrigerator".
Meanwhile, my brother picked up these cool military hats.
|If memory serves, the green was worn by tank artillery, the blue by air forces.|
By the way, after perusing the books and loading up on produce, we did make a final stop at the Billa supermarket, where my brother found a couple of things surprising-
|Lower left: milk in a bag. Right: vodka aisle.|
|Bacon, bacon, bacon!|
After all he saw and did in Kharkov, I'm pretty sure Nick would agree with Get Familiar with Kharkov's closing lines: "Nobody remains indifferent after staying in Kharkov. Those who will walk its streets and squares, or will go to its theaters and museums, who will spend some time in its shady parks and gardens, who will visit its giant factories, higher educational establishments, libraries, and research institutes will feel the robust vitality of Kharkov, the city of workers, the city of creative energy marching into the future."