My apologies for the gap in posting updates here on the blog. It's been an incredible, intensely busy time since the moment I stepped onto Ukrainian soil!
There is much to tell you about what transpired in Kyiv, and that will come a bit later. I have tons of notes and footage to process first! But I thought I should let you know that I'm safe and sound in Lviv.
It was a bit of a traumatic time getting here. Just before we boarded the train in Kyiv, I discovered my wallet had been stolen out of my purse... probably while navigating the steps down to the train. Boo!! Stupidly, I had all my cash in the wallet as well as my driver's license, my Blue Cross & Care Card, and a couple of credit cards. Needless to say that did not get the day off to a very good start!
But, it could have been a lot worse. Although life is more or less normal outside the war zone, people in this country do get abducted, tortured, and killed, I'm just out those few things. Plus, I am not alone. I have been lent cash and many shoulders to cry on. And, I have my passport, So apart from feeling very stupid for being so careless with my wallet, I'm having the time of my life on this trip.
During the seminar in Kyiv and Friday here in Lviv I was crazy-busy on site taking notes, photos and audio-visual recordings. The seminar is over now and I am getting a chance to start to process some of it before the next crazy phase on this trip.
Today (Saturday) was a "catch-up" day so I slept in a bit and did some shopping and wandering around downtown Lviv.
Sunday evening we head back to Kyiv, then Monday we take the train for an overnight trip to Dnipropetrivsk where will will tour the world's largest Jewish cultural institution.
Meanwhile, here are some street scenes from beautiful Lviv, in western Ukraine.
|Street scene - Площа Ринок (Market Square)|
|It is not uncommon to see a strip of вишивання (traditional embroidery patterns) on cars in Ukraine these days.|
|Saw this on the boulevard on the way to the "art market" ... |
a vehicle from the war zone
|Apple Strudel and tea - outside patio of the Atlas Restaurant|
|Menu at the Fresco restaurant .. check out "Ukrainian abundance" ... apparently it is not a joke after all!|
|My lunch Saturday at the Fresco restaurant ... Lemko varennyky (perogies). Basic filling of |
potato, cottage cheese and onion, but dough made of whole wheat instead of white flour. Tasty!
|Tram train for tourists.|
|A spiffy new trolley bus ... brand new.|
|Street scene ... musicians on bench playing traditional folk songs.|
|One of many streetside patios.|
|Saw this army vehicle on the big central boulevard on the way to the art market behind the Opera House.|
Another stark reminder that this is a country at war.
|Gorgeous knicknacks at the art market.|
|Another popular item in Ukraine these days. (Look closely at the face on the toilet paper.)|
|Street scene from the patio of the Atlas restaurant.|