After spending 12 months working at a local NGO in Peru, I have decided to move to Ukraine to experience a new adventure in a context completely different from the Peruvian one. But, despite being at the opposite side of the world, these two countries have some similarities. What a surprise! Let’s have a look at them!
# Ukrainian Mamitas
My favorite ones: elderly women selling informally their products on the streets. It’s plenty of Peruvian mamitas here in Ukraine as well. They might have different outfit but same scope and objectives: taking care of your health and make sure you wake up with a smile every day.
Here it comes the rain…again!! Yes, here in Lviv it rains a lot as well. There is not a fixed separation between rainy and sunny seasons as in Peruvian Andes, but the rain is present throughout all year long. Depending on the season, it can take many forms, including snow, hailstorm and thick rain. It makes the way to the office a real challenge as cars and trams often get stuck in muddy roads.
Here in Ukraine the word for combi is marshrukta and they are as crazy as in Peru. With a slight little difference. Much more crowded and without traditional music (cumbia) playing all the time. You don’t know where they stop or which is their direction, but somebody will tell you, better said, will push you when it’s time to get off.
And finally, speaking about challenges, crossing railroads is one of them. Yes because it’s always a railroad that separates me from getting to the office. This time I don’t have to be careful because of crazy combis whizzing on the street. But I have to pay attention to trains making slowly their way to the central station.