Here are 7 things in Kharkiv, Ukraine that I never got the details on-
maybe you know the stories behind them??
#1. The mystery of the fiddler on the roof
Who is that guy on the rooftop corner across from Constitution Plaza?
#2. The mystery of the white stripes and green stumps
People gave very vague answers and a shrug of the shoulders when I asked about the paint. Is it to protect against insects? To illuminate the roadway?
#3. The mystery of the big yellow star
This is in a residential neighborhood along the metro's red line. I'd randomly encounter it, ooh and aah over it, then forget about it until the next encounter. Is it a WWII memorial like this one?
#4. The mystery of the sports arena
A few years ago everyone was high off the success of Euro2012. I think the government wanted a repeat- another high profile event to bring good publicity to Ukraine. Enter EuroBasket 2015.
|You can tell how old this photo is- the construction billboard reads "Under the patronage of Viktor Fedorovich Yanukovich"!|
Ukraine was set to host the event next month (Sept 2015) and planning to spend about 1.5 billion to do so, but... you know what happened next. The question is- what's happened to Kharkiv's (planned) arena near кинотеатр киев? I saw it before we left and there was definitely a structure in place. Is it finished? Is it open to the public?
|Local newspaper article about the future arena. "Children will be able to play handball and volleyball, as well as wrestle here."|
#5. The mystery of friendship square
Another timely topic- the Ukrainian / Russian friendship square.
Who put it there? When? Has it survived?
#6. The mystery of the fixer-upper
Once upon the time we lived across the street from this building-
|Teatralnyi Lane, downtown Kharkiv.|
#7. The mystery of the fitness sausage
That's right- fitness sausage. Or, as the ad puts it, "the tasty way to beauty".
Obviously this one is the greatest mystery of them all. What are your thoughts on the matter? ;)