Finally Some Pictures

March 3rd, 2007

Melted SnowmanRemember the photo competition from two weekends ago? One of the pictures I took, the one of the melted snow man, was printed, in very large format, on the front of a local newspaper. By very large I mean the -entire- front page. Kinda neat :-)

Last night we went to dinner at some steak house that Roman likes. It was he and I, Mark (he’s a US-based Lohika employee) and Bohdan. As we checked our coats the band for the evening was just about to begin playing. They started playing some blues songs, in english. We ordered some beers. Then some more beers. I ordered a filet mignon, it cost $8. It wasn’t quite the same as a $40 filet back in the states but it was still good. At some point around now the band began switching to classic rock covers. They played some AC/DC, Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”, The Beatles, “Smoke on the Water”, some other songs I knew, “Smoke on the Water.” That’s right. They played “Smoke on the Water” three times. Each time was slightly worse than the first. The lead singer was drinking with a rate of intoxication that was at least as fast as my own.

At one point he sang an entire song while laying down on the stage. It was one of those things where you’re just drunk and you sit down and then you lay down and then you don’t feel like moving. Except that he was performing. The singer’s best friend was actually sitting at the table next to us and I think he is the one responsible for all of the smoke on the water. Each time they played the song he was sure to be on stage singing along. This was by far one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

The best friend’s wife happened to notice we were speaking english and she started talking with us. Soon I was bragging about being from the US. Now it was “American! Where is your glass?” referring to the fact that the waiter hadn’t brought me my next beer yet. I told him I didn’t have it yet. He pulled out a shot glass from their table, filled it with the Vodka that he and his singing buddy had been drinking all night and handed it to me. Free booze for the american! This happened again later. So I had a bunch of beer mixed in with our neighbor’s vodka and then we capped the night off with some cognac.

Perhaps now needless to say: I woke up this morning with a bit of a headache.

I walked down to the center to meet the guys for some tourist activities today. Along the way I snapped a few pictures, one I’ve even decided to share with you all. Buildings. I believe the building most prominent in the picture is a government building, hence the reason it’s so clean. The statue out in front, honestly, I didn’t even stop to look at it, I was going to be late.

We walked around the city a bit going in and out of art galleries. Some of these were very dark and -very- musty. Like all art: some is cheap and some is expensive and it often seems to have nothing to do with the actual quality of the work.

We walked by an open-air book market.Book Market. I spied copies of “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” that had been translated to Ukrainian (or maybe Russian?). There was even a used copy of Playboy in one of these slavic languages available for purchase. Who buys used playboys?

We ate lunch at a place called “Veronica” I think. The place was nice and the first thing you notice about the menu (that has english subtitles throughout) is that the prices are high. The 4 of us had black caviar, sala (thin slices of pure pig fat), mushroom soup, salad and then I had some lamb with mint sauce and rice. We were there for 3 hours. That’s what I call eatin’

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mom  |  March 4th, 2007 at 2:36 am

    Your photo on the front page!!!! Congrats!!! I hope you bought a few copies. Was there an aricle on it?

    LOL. What an experience at the steak house.

    Love reading your stories.

  • 2. heather  |  March 4th, 2007 at 9:07 am

    You officially have to take me to all of these places :)


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