Rare version of Shchedryk in English but preserving the literal meaning of the lyrics.
There are two small tropical greenhouses near Lviv. They offer tours. The couple that runs them are a whirlwind of excitement and botanical experimentation. They’re a real inspiration. They sell seedlings, and we bought a tiny lemon tree for our home.
Kiwi trees (vines?)
and much more
They have some special bred variety of bananna tree growing OUTSIDE their greenhouse, which has already survived -25 C temperatures.
– Do you speak English?
– No, I спік паску.
(“speak” sounds like the past tense of baked in Ukrainian – “спік” )
Ukrainians actually have a distinguished history in sumo. One of the two or great greatest sumo wrestlers of modern times was half Ukrainian.
Last night, we drove to Kyiv with the kids, ate at one of our favorite restaurants, located in the chic central mall, Tsum. Then walked up to the Christmas tree by Saint Sofia’s, and on the way home, stopped at another mall which has a huge play area with carnival rides and a trampoline room.
It was a pretty good New Year’s Eve.
Ukrainian grandmaster Vasyli Ivanchuk wins in spectacular fashion, using my favorite opening, the King’s Gambit.
And another spectacular finish!!!
It must be mosquito season in Lviv. They’re everywhere.
We made it into Kyiv recently, and visited the pedestrian bridge recently opened by Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko.
It is stunningly beautiful and inspirational. It fills you with hope and excitement.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has taken part in the opening of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting the Volodymyr Hill with the People’s Friendship Arch, according to an Ukrinform corresponde
Later in the day, there was a freakishly strong 20 minute downpour which briefly turned Veliki Val street into a river.
We’ve visited this place. Wonderful facility.