: views from the Hill

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The days of wine ... and carnations

A tradition in Ukraine is that a guy brings a single flower to the girl when he meets her for their first date.


Imagine the story behind this scene I found one morning on a low wall in Kyiv, while we were walking up to the Saint Sophia cathedral from the little apartment we'd rented for a couple nights while we saw the sights.

A wonderful first date? A failure? A memorable evening? A first-and-last date? The start of something wonderful and lasting? A cigarette (or two) was obviously involved.

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