Thursday, January 17, 2013

Visitors in Kharkiv!

The real downside of all the hassles with our flight was that I had two friends who were coming to visit us in Kharkiv when we got back so really they were the ones who were inconvenienced by the whole thing! We met in Kyiv and then took the train together to Kharkiv. It was fun to show them Kharkiv and tell them everything I knew about the city where I live! Plus we were all in the same class on the Critical Languages Scholarship program to Kazan, Russia this summer so they speak Russian and it was nice to hear all about their adventures since the program. One of them is studying in St Petersburg and the other is teaching in Georgia (the country not the state). I think they will be the only visitors we will have this year and we found out that one of them is actually kind of related to my husband because apparently their cousins are married to each other! So that's about as close to a family visit in Kharkiv as we will get!

This is the three of us in front of Blagoveshchensky (Annunciation) Cathedral. 

One good thing about having people visit is that you always learn something new about your city. This is a statue of Taras Shevchenko the Ukrainian national poet near Pushkinskya metro, the metro stop named after Pushkin the Russian national poet.  

We also found this cool book market which was closed by the time we got there but still it's good to know it's there for all my future book needs!

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