So I’ve been in Ukraine for a week now and to be sure, when it comes to the work I’d planned I’ve been experiencing more zrada (this is bad) than peremoha (this is good). Unfortunately crippling bureaucracy is still thriving in Ukraine in spite of all the talk of “reforms.” Luckily I have contacts who believe in my struggle and are helping me sort all this out. In the mean time, I have been making some observations on life in Kyiv.
Ice is trying to kill you
As many times as I’ve been to Kyiv, I’d only been here one other time in winter (January 2007). That winter, incidentally, was extremely mild and there was almost no snow or ice at all. I’ve got the photos to prove it too. This time, however, there’s ice and snow everywhere.
For someone living in Moscow this wouldn’t be particularly worrisome, but for some reason I don’t fully understand, the ice in Kyiv seems more slippery. In fact I nearly slipped about five times within my arrival. The working theory is that Kyiv has higher humidity which may be making the ice more slippery. It may also be another incarnation of Russian hybrid warfare. Will follow up on this investigation (probably not).
Key food ingredients are plentiful
One of the first concerns I had upon arrival was the supply of tortillas. I frequently make various Mexican dishes and in the past year tortillas have been increasingly rare in Moscow supermarkets. By contrast, the first supermarket I entered this time in Kyiv was fully stocked with a variety of tortillas.
Cumin, on the other hand, has been a bit more difficult to find, but fear not- it is possible!Although by no means a culinary delight, I’ve always had a strange taste for canned ham ever since the army, where they had the “ham slice” MRE. Now in Russia canned ham always seemed to be imported and it was quite expensive. Not the case in Ukraine. Check this out:
That’s not just ham, it’s “elite ham.” It also says that it’s sterilized, which is good because you don’t want the canned ham population to grow out of control.
Just in case anyone is actually going to seriously ask- No, I don’t used canned ham in any of my signature dishes. It’s good enough by itself.
Unfortunately I’ve been rather busy trying to sort out the job situation, but have no fear- I’ve got an expose of some fresh BS from RT coming up in the very near future. The saga continues.