"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience." Gordon B. Hinckley, 2006

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The food...

Well to be honest I felt like I was starving all the time.  It was really hard to find food there.  All of the restaurants were in city center around the main street, but once you get more than a couple streets away restaurants are harder to find. There are, however, lots of booths selling frozen ice cream cones and unrefrigerated sandwiches.

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.


Joyce said...

I'm sure I would have had a hard time with the food too. Although the market looks very pretty with all the different colors of fruits and vegetables. Of course I can't see the flies and bugs or smell the smells either.

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Heather S. said...

I wouldn't have been able to eat the food either. That carrot thing sounds interesting.

Nana Candy said...

My only comment is "Count your blessings!"

Claudissima said...

ohhh look at that market....sooo colourful, I guess this is what travel does to you, it makes you appreciate what you have back home, and it always opens your views to difference in everything....but at the same time...not. Looks like mexico a bit.... Love your scarf

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