Walking around Kharkov - a trip to our readers in Ukraine

In Kharkov I went to our readers Andrei and Yana (I wrote about Andrei and his place of work in previous article), who invited us six months ago, when we were going ride in Russia. It just couldn't get on the trip, andFinally, before the New Year, it took place. I have never been to Kharkov before, buying pies on the platform during the transit of a train through Ukraine to the Black Sea does not count.

The city greeted me with a gray sky and absolutely notsnowy weather, although the thermometer showed a minus. I suppose that the grayness would be less noticeable if I came here in the summer. Few cities can boast of beauty in cloudy weather, but in that season when the trees are just black sticks. Actually, I didn’t expect anything special, so I just walked around the center of the city, looked into the small courtyards and photographed everything that caught my eye. At first, the inscription in a foreign language attracted a lot of attention.

Small houses in the center

Small houses in the center

Gosprom - a monument of architecture

Gosprom - a monument of architecture

Hanging locks on the bridge has become a tradition in every country.

Hanging locks on the bridge has become a tradition in every country.

Cute Kharkov courtyard

Cute Kharkov courtyard

Bay window in a house on Sumskaya street

Bay window in a house on Sumskaya street

Bursatsky descent - really cool

Bursatsky descent - really cool

Annunciation Cathedral near

Annunciation Cathedral near

The inscription is symbolically overgrown with a bind

The inscription is symbolically overgrown with a bind

Stone pavement in the city center

Stone pavement in the city center

Vernissage near the Assumption Cathedral

Vernissage near the Assumption Cathedral

Moscow avenue

Moscow avenue

There is a panacea for all ills

There is a panacea for all ills

Plastic lining is not particularly compatible with the rest of the architecture.

Plastic lining is not particularly compatible with the rest of the architecture.

Nice Cobblestone Street

Nice Cobblestone Street

Unfinished house reminded me of a medieval castle

Unfinished house reminded me of a medieval castle

In the course of the collapse has already happened

In the course of the collapse has already happened

Vigorous Yellow Kopek

Vigorous Yellow Kopek

Some kind of atypical architecture

Some kind of atypical architecture

Remember how it was

Remember how it was

There is Darwin Street

There is Darwin Street

Signs that I saw only in Soviet films

Signs that I saw only in Soviet films

One of the squares of Kharkov

One of the squares of Kharkov

Kharkov Metro - the same as ours

Kharkov Metro - the same as ours

Palm prints

Palm prints

Unfortunately, some houses are in emergencycondition, some sidewalks and roads are dug over. It’s not clear whether the authorities took a sharp stand on global repairs in many places, or “is there nothing more permanent than temporary”? Yes, I like all sorts of ruins, but it's scary to imagine that people live inside such houses. It is also unusual that the center is just one Sumskaya street, a step to the side and there is a feeling that you are already on the outskirts - and the buildings are simpler and people disappear somewhere.

The city center and here people live

The city center and here people live

Eternal repairs on the streets

Eternal repairs on the streets

Not far from Sumy street, solid ruins and building

Not far from Sumy street, solid ruins and building

All the water from the river has gone somewhere.

All the water from the river has gone somewhere.

Street Sketch

Street Sketch

One of the courtyards of the city

One of the courtyards of the city

5 minutes from the station, and no one on the street

5 minutes from the station, and no one on the street

In Kharkov, many small monuments. There is even a monument to a soccer ball, and I especially remember from the photographs that the “tortured metro builder”. There are a lot of legends about his “beauty” and it’s probably why I couldn’t find him — they removed him. But he found the “not yet tortured metro builder,” he looks, of course, much more prosaic.

Monument to the Metro builder

Monument to the Metro builder

Monument to lovers or dried kids

Monument to lovers or dried kids

Monument to lovers or dried kids

Monument to lovers or dried kids

Sleeping area - the usual nine-storey buildings, of which there werein the Soviet incubator ponadela thousands. Visually - a return to our Moscow nineties, especially if you go into the elevator. Although we in Moscow in some areas occasionally have to deal with such vandalism. Maybe here I am also “not lucky”? :)

Lift in a residential area

Lift in a residential area

Kids play in the yard

Kids play in the yard

Sleeping district of Kharkov

Sleeping district of Kharkov

Sleeping district of Kharkov

Sleeping district of Kharkov

Kharkiv is changing quite strongly at night. The Cathedral of the Annunciation is very beautiful, illuminated against the background of pavement wet from the rain. No less entertaining look the trees, entangled in festoons and night illumination.

Annunciation Cathedral at night

Annunciation Cathedral at night

Privokzalnaya Square in the evening

Privokzalnaya Square in the evening

Evening Kharkov

Evening Kharkov

Freedom Square in the evening

Freedom Square in the evening

Carousel at Liberty Square

Carousel at Liberty Square

People on the streets are the same as ours, of flesh andblood. Only by talking it becomes clear that you are no longer in Russia. Even the Russian language, by which the majority speaks here, with a noticeable accent. By the way, I realized for myself that I practically do not understand Ukrainian, God forbid, by 30%. My hospitable hosts said that if we were in Transcarpathia, they would also have perceived the local language with great difficulty, since the real Ukrainian culture and language remained only there, and Kharkov is almost Russia.

People on the streets

People on the streets

Grandpa with bike

Grandpa with bike

People on the streets

People on the streets

On the streets of Kharkov

On the streets of Kharkov

Touched the name in Ukrainian

Touched the name in Ukrainian

I looked at the handmade Artishop fair,held in Khatobe (Kharkov Theater). It is a pity that there were no hryvnias with me, so I just wandered around and watched what the people are doing now with such interesting things. At the same time met the guys who are going to travel a lot.

Guys who are going to travel

Guys who are going to travel

Fun Passport Covers

Fun Passport Covers

A girl making jewelry, including from ammonites

A girl making various jewelery, including ammonites

About mine walk in Kharkov and Kharkiv Zoo can be read in the relevant articles :)

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