One of the stops on our trip to Poltava earlier this week was to the Museum of Local Lore. They had a great collection of mosaics and my favorite was of the Ukrainian author Gogol. He was born in the small village of Sorochyntsi which is near Poltava.
Gogol supposedly died from the grief of discovering that he had accidentally burned his only copy of the sequel to his masterwork Dead Souls [which Laura has been slogging through since we've been here]. He stopped eating and wouldn't leave the house and died nine days later.
Which leads to be to probably the most popular export from Ukraine, that of the band Gogol Bordello...named after the famous writer Their style of punk and folk music is completely unique I hope to hear "American Wedding" at my sister-in-law's wedding in December. Here are a few of my favorite Gogol Bordello songs:
"Start Wearing Purple" -- this one is for my wife.
"American Wedding" -- a must have for any wedding of the American persuasion