A Midnight Walk in Ukraine

Why was I walking around at midnight in the middle of a snowfall in Ukraine with my tripod shooting? I just can’t remember. I don’t remember much about the Ukraine and those cold nights. I can’t decide if I repressed them or have selectively forgotten or some delightful combination thereof.

And Ukraine taught me a new level of cold that I thought was reserved somewhere in the nether Dante regions…

A Midnight Walk in Ukraine

The Old Russian Streetcar (still in operation…)

This is very near the center of town in Kharkov, Ukraine. They use these old trams that are absolutely on the edge of breaking down with every creak and groan.

The Old Russian Streetcar (still in operation...)

Rent Control

Here is a block of apartments in Kharkov, Ukraine.
Rent Control

The Entrance to Work

This is the lower floor of the office building in Kharkov, Ukraine. The building holds many companies and Program Ace is on the top floors. Once you are actually into the offices themselves, they are perfectly nice and they have sweet broadband… but the entrance area down below could use a coat of paint or two…
The Entrance to Work

Home Sweet Home

This is a place I passed every day when walking from my apartment to Mike’s apartment while in Ukraine. BTW, they now seem to get pretty agitated when you call it "The Ukraine"… just stick with "Ukraine", and it will avoid you some dirty looks, which are not the good kind of looks to get from Ukrainians.
Home Sweet Home

The Secret Underground Ukrainian Restaurant

This is a super cool restaurant in Kharkov. I wish I could have gotten a lot more shots, but when a Russian owner glares at you, it’s generally a good idea to put away your camera.
The Secret Ukrainian Underground Restaurant

A View Out of the Front Door of my Kharkov Apartment

This is what I see every morning on my daunting egress from our apartment in Kharkov.
A View Out of the Front Door of my Kharkov Apartment

The Arched Globe in Kharkov

This is the little public area near the train station.
Globe Arch

The Train Station of Kharkov

The train station was across from my apartment in Kharkov.  I passed it every morning and every night on the way into the office.  It has a class old-Soviet feel and always looked great in the sunset.

Sunset at the Kharkov Train Station

Eastern Bloc

For some reason, the picture of this gal I put up a few days ago got 4x the hits the my usual pictures in the first 24 hours. I don’t understand why people like looking at this stuff instead of landscapes and strange buildings. So anyway, let them eat cake I say…. here is another.

(just kidding…. of course…. glad you like this series)

Eastern Bloc

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