Food we bought at Billa
Our apartment stairwellYummy little cake @ the Coffee Shop
The weather here has been crazy. Wednesday and Thursday the high temps were 15 and 18. Friday it warmed up enough to snow a little bit and today it snowed this morning but warmed up and was pouring rain by 9am. The ground is still frozen though and the mud skim on top of it is like a sheet of ice. I almost wiped out jumping off the curb and into the crosswalk this morning.
We walk about a mile to the orphanage twice a day so the freezing cold was not fun! We aren't minding the warm up much at all but could do without the rain. The snow was pretty this morning before it melted.
We found fresh meatballs at the store yesterday and fried those for lunch today. We ate them with variniky and fried mushrooms and onions along with a pasta sauce we found that is actually very tasty. We finally lucked out with the "mystery shopping" and actually got not only pasta sauce, but a good tasting one! We've learned that just because it LOOKS like something back home, it probably is not and definitely won't taste like it... well with the exception of Ramen Noodles.
We bought some Stollen and have been eating that for breakfast or snacks. It was very expensive (50 grivnah -- about $6) so we expected it to be something super special but its pretty much raisin bread with a powdered sugar coating.
The best pastry we've had so far was a cream filled roll this morning at a little coffee shop that is on our way to the orphanage. We got 2 cups of coffee, 2 rolls, and a little chocolate cake for about $3. We saw more pastries we want to try and its a nice little spot for us to warm up going and coming. The lady who runs the place doesn't speak a lick of English though so we have to do a lot of pointing. Actually, no one here speaks much English. In Kiev it seemed that most stores had English on the menu and at least one person who spoke some English but here not so much!