Day 75–78: First Days in Chernivtsi
My first full day in Chernivtsi. We are working in a high-rise building near the edge of town. The marshrootka we take to get to the office is 3 UAH, or $0.13. Public transit at these prices is pretty awesome.
Our office is on the ninth floor. Thankfully, there is an elevator ( the offices in Lviv and in Ivano-Frankivsk did not have elevators ). The day consists primarily of work, work, and work. For lunch, we visit a pizzeria called Rancho that has a cowboy theme. I eat the “very spicy” dynamite pizza at the most spicy level they make it. It’s very good. The level of spice is about that of a medium salsa.
I forgot to get a photo of the office building yesterday. So here it is. Also, we took a different marshrootka to work today, and it was only $0.07!
Today is Thursday, so we have another sprint review. Things with our project continue to move forward very well. Unfortunately, I’ll have only one more sprint review with me in Ukraine with the guys. It will be interesting to see if the experience here continues to translate to more effective sprints when I return to the USA.
So far in Chernivtsi, we’ve pretty much seen only the hotel, the office, and the inside of a couple of restaurants. Tonight, we take a short stroll through the city center and stop off at a restaurant — Kyoto Sushi — there for dinner. I did not get any pictures of the city center tonight ( don’t worry, I’ll get some ), but Kyoto had a pretty cool interior so I took a picture of the Koi pond they have on the stairs.
Today is an exciting day because we have special guests arriving from Ivano-Frankivsk. They arrive at about 11:00. After a relaxing late breakfast, we all head out for a walk back into the city center.
I kind of failed again at getting pictures of the city center, but we also visited the old university in Chernivtsi, which is a sight all on its own and is a UNESCO protected site.
After touring through the University, we stopped at a restaurant for a late lunch and then, sadly, had to drop my visitor off at the bus station for a ride back home. Afterwards, we continued on to see a few more sights around Chernivtsi.
Overall, even though it was a little cold with a bit of rain, today was a good day. And, I finally took a picture from the city center. Though, at night.
Tomorrow is election day in Ukraine, so people will be going to their various hometowns to cast votes for mayor, city council, etc. Me … I’ll be going to see a couple of castles.