Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Exploring Kharkov

Inky at the Metro Station

Привет! That spells "privyet," which means "hello!" in Russian.  I'm here to show you around Kharkov, Ukraine. Kharkov is a city with about 1.5 million people.  It's in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border.  It's one of my favorite places in the whole world!

Inky on the Square

Here I am in front of the Kharkov Oblast administration building. Can you see the tiny Ukrainian flag on top? In real life, it's not so tiny, but it does look like it from down here!

Inky on Sumskaya

Behind me, in this photo, is Freedom Square.  It's one of the largest squares in Europe.  One of the special things about Freedom Square is the big Lenin statue. I forgot to take a photo of it- maybe next time!

Super Hot Dog, anyone?

Of course, after all that exploring, it was time for a snack! Can you tell what these signs say? They're in Russian! There is pizza, a "super" hot dog, a cheeseburger, and pirozhki. Pirozhki are little hand pies. I LOVE them. My favorite kind is potato.

Obmin Valyuti- the money changers.

After I enjoyed some little potato pirozhki, it was time to change some money. I know this is a pretty boring photo, but Mama insisted I take a photo to remember the exchange rate! The exchange rate tells you how much Ukrainian grivnas are worth. From this sign, you can tell that about 5 grivnas equal 1 dollar. That means 1 grivna is about 20 cents.  Mama told me that when she was young, 1 grivna was 50 cents. What do you think the rate will be in 10 years? I guess we will find out!

So that's my little tour of Kharkov! Thanks for visiting one of my favorite cities with me!

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