|Near the train station, April 25th|
It's been two months and four days since the previous Snapshots post, and the state of things remains pretty much the same.
Often I look around and see nothing more than a beautiful and calm spring, just like last year. All the photos below are from the past 2 weeks-
We recently spent a mellow weekend catsitting for two friends who took a quick trip abroad.
|This beautiful girl is named Marka.|
|Time for salo and vodka!|
The gopak, a traditional Cossack dance. This rather impressive dance is also known as "How to Drive Your Downstairs Neighbors Crazy in One Minute" ; )
But then a shocking piece of news will come along- like yesterday's assassination attempt on the city mayor- or a video like this one taken on Sunday will emerge and it becomes crystal clear that it's not a regular spring and that something serious is afoot.
In the past 3 weeks, Ukrainian flags have appeared everywhere. I look out the window and see them hanging from private balconies, waving from the tops of apartment buildings, and that's not all:
But the other side is not shy about sharing its colors either:
|Scrawled on the side of a nearby building: Junta, get out!|
It's a weird mix of this and that these days: honking cars driving down the streets with either Ukrainian flags or a Ukrainian flag out one window and Russian flag out the other. Passerby wearing little blue-and-yellow striped ribbons while we walk past a tram stop with a spray-painted Russian flag and the words "Kharkov is a Russian city". A sticker on the wall of the metro that proclaims "Russia is protecting us from genocide".
Only occasionally do I stumble across the non-political:
|"Your eyes are the color of the sea"|
And at the same time, presidential campaigning is in full-swing:
|Sergey Tihipko, who previously ran for president in 2010, promises "we will restore order and improve the economy!".|
|Mykhailo Dobkin, Kharkov's former governor, is also in the race, with the slogan "a united nation".|
A few other recent billboards:
|an anti-corruption billboard|
|This billboard for Kredo Bank states "Polish experience, Ukrainian success, European future!"|
|The green billboard is for a building materials company and offers "stable prices!"|
Even emails are reflecting the times:
|Patriotic beer ad in my Facebook feed. "The Ukrainian people need patriots. 'Like' if you are one!"|
|I pretty much see this ad every day on YouTube. "EU? Russia? Something else?"|
It's a time of surprises now.
New green shoots appearing where before was only dirt.
Let's hope summer will bring brighter days for nature and for us.
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