It's been almost two years (very, very good years!) but some things here can still throw me for a loop.
1. Buying water from the water truck.
|a rare quiet moment at the water truck|
2. Clothes sold by the kilogram.
|"Today's price for 1 kilogram: 40 uah"|
3. Fairytale churches.
4. Drinking age of 18.
|Also, no using a giant wrench!|
5. McFoxy, the McDonald's copycat.
Often located within spitting distance of McDonald's.
|Another blogger wrote about McFoxy too!|
6. While 'reduce' and 'recycle' are only starting to gain popularity, 'reuse' is going strong.
6. GORGEOUS metro stations.
|WOW! Way to go, Kiev metro!|
7. Old gas stoves.
(aka, the scary stoves)
|"When you smell gas, call 104 immediately". Public service announcement in our apartment building.|
8. Superstitions I'm not familiar with.
Like this situation- do you go under or around telephone poles?
|Correct answer- you go around! All those fools who walked under them are said to now be cursed with anything from a headache to a case of bad luck.|
9. Pickled watermelon.
|Ambitiously purchased and eaten by D.|
10. все вокруг колхозное, все вокруг мое, Everything around belongs to the collective farm, everything around belongs to me.do things like this. We spotted the above scene one afternoon. "Hmm, someone must have needed a bathtub", my friend remarked. Or was he just pulling my leg?
D tells me that when he was growing up, the news was filled with reports of people stealing power lines to sell for scrap. Unfortunately this often led to electrocution. Another time the news reported that someone stole an entire water tower from a local village. Your guess is as good as mine on that one!
|"Who here is last in line to steal the wires?" source|
11. Reminders of World War II.
Many of its battles were fought in Ukraine, including several right here in Kharkov. Monuments and memorials are everywhere, a sobering reminder of those bloody years.
|One of several tanks on display near Constitution Plaza.|
|"Here lives a veteran of the Great Patriotic War (WWII), please treat him with respect!" Seen on an apartment building on Morozova street.|
What appeals to you the most? Would you like to buy your clothes by the kilogram? Try pickled watermelon? Is there anything you've had trouble adapting to when you traveled abroad?