Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A School Playground Ukrainian Style

 Although I'm now home in America, I'm going to keep posting as if we recently had these adventures around Europe. I'll post the dates we actually visited these locations at the start of each posts in an attempt to keep things straight. 

A School Playground Ukrainian Style
Photographed: April 14th, 2013

While walking around our apartment in Kharkiv, during out last week there, we came upon this school with its Ukrainian-blue fence.

Continuing our walk along the fence though, I noticed that something didn't look quite normal in the back.  

Moving out of the way of the pine tree you can see it looks to be what I guess is a Cossack warrior slaying a dragon.  That knife looks very imposing and I can't quite tell if the red portion of the statue is just the inside of the dragon's mouth or blood from a stab wound.  

Here's a more complete view of the action scene and you can see the warrior has stabbed the dragon in the mouth.  I can only imagine what it would be like to try to take a short cut across the playground and coming across this statue in the middle of the night.  You certainly won't see one of these on an American school's playground.  

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