There is nothing as good as a summer storm. I'm talking about the kind that come out of nowhere- it's hot, it's hot, it's hot, and then, all of the sudden, dark storm clouds pop up and thunder rumbles. (But yikes, this storm is a little much!)
And since most apartments in Ukraine come with a балкон, balcony, you're all set up for the perfect (and dry!) viewing spot.
I loved each of our three rented apartments there and had a special affection for the balconies. The pictures above are all from Apartment #3. On sunny days it was a mini-office-
|Our esteemed colleague :p|
- and other days it turned into our Storm Watch HQ.
Apartment #2 was on high ground and looked out over a huge swath of the city. Storm watching from here was thrilling!
The entire balcony was done in wood planks, so it felt more like a spa with a view than the traditional smoker's ledge / clothes-hanging corner. The only thing- a certain someone had claimed the balcony for himself.
Given enough Whiskas (cat food), though, he would chillax in the bedroom windowsill and allow humans to storm watch in peace.
|(Also, enough Whiskas will turn a small cat into a much larger cat.)|
It was around this time that we got caught outside in a MASSIVE downpour one late summer afternoon. People were swimming in the streets, no joke. My "fancy" Ukrainian shoes dissolved and washed away. After that I broke down and bought some rainboots ;)
Apartment #1 had a basic balcony. Narrow at one end, wider at the other. Tattered wallpaper. Drafty windows. A dangerously-low clothesline that made everyone duck. An old ashtray. Broken tiles stacked up against the wall.
In other words, I loved this balcony too. We filmed some crazy weather with a terrible camera from here.
|(And enjoyed the good weather, too!)|
Of course, there were plenty of stormy skies we saw while scouting out shelter from the coming rain.
I'm hoping for a few good summer thunderstorms in Portland soon. In a city known for its rainfall, you'd think we'd get a few winners!