We ate a LOT of borsht. Like a couple a of bowls a day. I like it okay. We also ate a lot of cherry filled dumplings, potato filled dumplings (like pierogies), potato pancakes, "black bread", and kasha. Everything was deeply soaked in heavy butter. Oh, and they cover everything with this runny sour cream sauce called "smetana". Everything. I even saw someone drinking it in a glass all by itself. Weird. Ugh--my insides were killing me by the end of the trip. Since we've been eating healthy, this kind of food was really hard on my digestive system. So basically we ate the same thing every day for breakfast and dinner and skipped lunch because we couldn't find any place to eat.
The markets were another experience altogether. I love my clean, sanitary country.
Those are rows of "sala", or raw pork fat. They spread it on their bread and eat it that way all the time. No I did not taste any of it.
Yeah, basically that is a pig's head hanging on the wall. And yeah, people buy them and eat them.
You purchase spices, nuts, dried fruit, etc. from these large buckets.
This was one of Brian's favorite treats--shredded carrots marinated in vinegar and garlic. He was so excited to show me all of this.
They did have McDonald's there. It tasted a little different than here, but the menu was basically the same.