One thing that has been killing me on this trip is our inability to cook our own food. Most places have amazing markets and produces, but unlike back home, we can’t purchase goods and create a meal of our own design. In my recent bout of traveler’s blues, what I need is a market, bad.
We arrived in Lviv today and picked a hostel with a kitchen, hoping this one would be more useful than the one in Kiev. It was, and so we asked the lady at the front desk where a good market was. She was about to send us to a typical Ukrainian market (read: convenience store) when Travis mentioned that he was a chef. Well, she said. Then you want to head to the open-air market, where you can buy fresh meat and cheese from local farmers. As it turns out, it’s only a few minutes walk from the hostel.
The market, located on a street behind the opera house, just looks like a cluster of small snack shops from the main road. Past the stores though, produce appears like out of magic. And past the produce stalls, on a little alley outside of the official market, stands two rows of Babushkas selling their produce. Eggs, chicken, pickles, onions, garlic, potatoes and parsnip seemed to be the most common. Inside, we found delectable cheeses, cured meats, more fresh produce and more “stuff” than we’d know what to do with.
It was so exciting! It was just like heaven. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the weather was warm, the trees were in bloom and we were getting enough tastiness for breakfast, lunch and dinner to last three days. Finally, we were somewhere where we could treat ourselves – at a reasonable price! For everything we’ve bought, including meat, cheese and an avocado from Peru (a treat), we’ve got an average meal cost of 13 hryvnia – just under $2!