Lviv, Ukraine

Things are difficult in Ukraine. Even though I didn’t understand the language in Slovakia, Poland or Lithuania, at least I could read the letters, and then it’s often possible to get an idea of what’s going on. The culture here is also quite different. East Europe by comparison is very European. I’m in Lviv now, which is a big town. There don’t seem to be many restaurants or bars here. There are stalls where they sell beer and you can sit outside to drink it, but last night the only place I could find to eat was a McDonald’s. I think I might have signed up to the KarmaBanque boycott of McDonald’s, but I lapsed last night. At least Big Mac is the same in any language, and even looks similar the way they write it in cyrillic, but it’s just as repulsive in Ukraine as it is in any other country.