NARIZHZHYA & NOVYI KALKAIV (VILLAGES), UKRAINE: HUMILITY AND GRATITUDE

I visited the villages of Narizhzhya (population 300) and Novyi Kalkaiv (population 30) (about a 4 hour car ride from Kyiv)  this past weekend and it was humbling to see how villagers live. We were welcomed with food, beds, and warm smiles.

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bus stop ~ автобусна зупинка
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bicycle ~ велосипед
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Katya and her cat. Unlocking the basement door to take steps down to pickled tomatoes.
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Kitchen in the ‘summer house,’ separate from the main house.
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Ducks ~ качки
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Cheese dumplings ~ пельмені з сиру
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Tomatoes ~ помідори

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Borscht
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Cabbage dumplings ~капустяні пельмені
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Katya’s farmhouse.
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A kalunya (sp), hut, where she keeps hay.

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Organic cherry tomatoes.
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With beetroot for the rabbits.

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The next morning I walked out of the main house to this scene ~ cleaning onions 
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Katya’s favorite cake from Kyiv, a special treat for her.
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For breakfast, last night’s cheese dumplings, fried. Awesome. Delicious ~ смачно
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Breakfast spread: coffee, dumplings, jam, sour cream, and cake
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This cabinet is over 100 years old and was a gift from her best friend of 60 + years, whose childhood home, it used to be in.

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with humility and gratitude
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The doorway into another meal in another village: Novyi Kalkaiv. The husband and wife who live here, are 2 of the 30 people living in the village.
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A meal of kapusnyak (Ukrainian sauerkraut soup) and stuffed red peppers.
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In Luda’s kitchen.

9sep18. Narizhzhya & Novyi Kalkaiv, Ukraine.

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19 thoughts on “NARIZHZHYA & NOVYI KALKAIV (VILLAGES), UKRAINE: HUMILITY AND GRATITUDE

  1. The food reminds me of my Baba & childhood. My Grandparents were from the old country, came to Canada very young, Baba was less than a year old. The look & tone of the photographs remind me of family stories of life in another world & time. 🙂

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  2. Wonderful post. Beautiful people who by our standards, have a difficult life. Their produce/food is gorgeous. I’m amazed that there are only 30 people in a town, but I’ve heard of on that only had 14. Lovely post of lovely people. Thank you.

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