"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

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Funny, cute, odd, and WEIRD things...

Cats in the restaurants, hanging around for scraps

Dogs laying around everywhere

Man purses.

Seeing all of the kids favorite movies in Russian

These big movie posters along the main touristy streets.  There was also another giant one of the movie Twilight.  PS Brian is a huge fan/nerd of the old Tron movie.

Ukrainian fashion.  I can't even describe it.    

Little babushkas sitting everywhere selling cigarettes or cups of raspberries.

There are a lot of carts on the side of the road, in the subways, etc.   

There is this little street over by Big Mama that you have to pay money to go down, and it's where everyone buys their plants.  I thought it was really interesting.  There were baskets of bulbs, starts of plants, gardening books, etc.

Everyone seemed to be wearing stilettos or high heels.  Interesting footwear for how much walking everyone does there.

The first day of school was September 1.  It is like a holiday there.  Everyone takes their teachers flowers, and they have a party at school.  All of the little girls had these huge white bows in their hair.  Seriously the cutest thing ever.

Pretty tile displays in the subways.  The subways were very clean, and looked very nice!

Ira kept trying to tell us that we needed to go see this cat made out of forks on a tree.  We couldn't figure out what she was talking about, and figured something must be getting lost in translation.  Until she took us there and it was--a cat made out of forks on a tree.  Then we got it.  And we had a good laugh.

I don't even know what to say.

Another interesting animal situation.  Ira kept taking us down random alleys and talking about some birds.  We went up and down streets and were about to give up, when we went through an obscure gate and came across these!   Crows, maybe?  Apparently about 15 years ago someone found these birds and put them in this cage and they've been there ever since.  

We rode the metro out to a little park/amusement area by the dneiber river.  

Ira was also super excited to show us this cat statue.  It is pretty cute.  And if you google famous statues in Kiev, this actually comes up as one of them.  Interesting.


Nana Candy said...

It's the odd little things that make the most fascinating memories.

Heather S. said...

Those are some random things you got to see. Just be glad you had someone to take you to these places.

Joyce said...

They must like cats. I think the fork sculpture is pretty funny. Sometimes the little strange things are more fun than the tourist attractions.

Claudissima said...

soo cool to see all those pictures, sometimes it is better to see a country through regular things....you know? love the little kitty cat statue at the end there....