L’viv in English (Part 2)

After enjoying a nice cup of Banderivska coffee and ginger tea, we continue our lovely trip around L’viv.

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    Modern L’viv is a many-sided and contrasting city, but always – comfort and stylish. Let me mention the following interesting facts about it:
– many software programs for such famous Hollywood films as Spiderman, Harry Potter, Hulk and etc have been developed here;
– every fifth person in this city is student, this is a city of youth;
– L’viv is situated at the same distance (500 km) from three European capitals: Warsaw, Budapest, and Kiev.
    In L’viv there are also many nice nature places. One of them is Stryiskiy Park. It is not only a very beautiful park, but also a popular place to get some fantastic photos. You may not believe me, there I found my own winter muse, who whispered in my ear some ideas where to take my winter pictures. Below you find several pictures, which caught my breath. Hope they will make the same effect on you!

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A good poem that express completely my emotions (written not by me, I am not so talented yet):

Piles of snow beneath my boots
chilly winds blowing everywhere
snow keeps mounting on the posts
on the windows and on the roads
shovels outside,
soups inside
hot and rich,
chicken and corn
coming back from all the work
this is what I look for
the warm chestnuts,
the cracking fire
this is my winter warmth

While I was walking I met my sweet friends – squirrels. I shared with her a piece of apple and she decided to take it. I didn’t have nuts at that moment, hope she/he wasn’t disappointed. Cute!

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      If you are in L’viv, you should visit its chocolate shops, where chocolate is produced and sold. There is a big choice; even the most experienced gourmet will be surprised. Do not pass by such a chocolate shop-window, you won’t regret!

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I have been in L’viv several times, but in most of my pictures presented in this post you will see mostly signs of winter and Christmas. As it is known Christmas in L’viv is special one, full of snow and magic. This is Ukrainian Christmas, which we celebrate on the 7th of January according to the Gregorian calendar as in most of other Orthodox Christian countries. Most of you might never have been in Ukraine and you have no idea how it is usually celebrated. Your humble blogger will share with you the most interesting about Christmas in Ukraine. The Christmas Eve is called in Ukraine ‘Sviaty Vechir’ (Holy Evening) sometimes also called ‘Sviata Vecheria’ (Holy Supper). People usually cook some tasty foods for this evening. There should be at least 12 different foods on the table, because according to the Christian tradition each course is dedicated to one of Christ’s Apostles. The courses are meatless because there is a period of fasting required by the Church until Christmas Day. However, for the pagans the meatless dishes were a form of bloodless sacrifice to the gods. Those should mandatory include ‘Kutia’ — the ritual food which is prepared from cooked wheat and special syrup containing diluted honey, grated poppy seeds, raisins and sometimes walnuts. For the Ukrainian people Christmas is the most important family holiday of the whole year. With the appearance of the first star which is believed to be the Star of Bethlehem, the family gathers to begin dinner. Unfortunately, Christmas is after New Year in Ukraine because many years ago Russian King Petr I decided to follow the European fashion and replace our traditional New Year Date (14 of January) with 1st of January. Since that time Ukrainians are the unique nation, which celebrates Christmas after NY.

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    It can be concluded that Russians are very harmful to our traditions and lives. Russians did everything to destroy out country, traditions and language, and still do. If you think that Ukraine is a part of Russia, then most probably you were bad at history. Ukraine was and always will be a separate country with nice traditions, culture and very melodic language. Furthermore, Moscow would never occur if there was no Kievan Rus (The New York Times “In these early centuries East Slavic tribes and their neighbors coalesced into the Christian state of Kievan Rus. Its ruling Riurikid dynasty oversaw increasing political complexity, territorial expansion, economic growth, and frequent warfare, but was defeated by Mongol invaders. During the ensuing Mongol era a junior dynastic branch extended its authority and laid the foundations for a new state–Muscovy.) At the time of the Kyivan Empire there was no mention of a Moscow nation. It is well known that Moscow was created in 1277 as a subservient vassal region or ‘ulus’ to the Golden Horde, established by the Khan Mengu-Timur. By that time, Kyivan Rus had existed for more than 300 years. The tribe of Great Russians, or the Russian people as known today, appeared around the XV to XVII centuries from among the Finn tribes: Muroma, Mer, Ves and others. This was when their history started. There is no history of Great Russians on Kyivan lands! The history of Great Russians starts with the ‘Beyond the Forests Land’ in Moscow, which was never Kyivan Rus. The Tatar-Mongols who entered these lands were a big element in the formulation of ‘Great Russians’. The Great Russian psychology absorbed many characteristics – the Tatar-Mongol instincts of a conqueror and despot, with the ultimate aim: world domination. It is impossible to live a lie forever! You may accuse me of being prejudiced, but I provided you with the facts and information stated by famous historians based on documents. I have nothing against Russian land and their culture, they have a right to exist, but nobody gave them a right to conquer us, take our territory and change our history!

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To be continued…

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