But every once in a while I'll see something that will remind me of it, and I'll think to myself, "Dude. I used to live in the fucking Ukraine."
Today my memory was jogged by this photo from Kiev (explanatory caption below).
Police officers in riot gear detain activists of Natalia Vitrenko's Progressive Socialist Party who tried to break a cordon of a rally to mark the 65th anniversary of the anti-Soviet Ukrainian Insurgent Army in downtown Kiev on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007. The anniversary and calls to recognize the anti-Soviet partisans as World War II veterans has divided Ukraine, with the more nationalistic west supporting recognition, and the Russian-speaking east opposing it. Hostility runs deep because in the war's early years, the anti-Soviet partisans aligned themselves with the Nazis, seeing the invasion as a way to get rid of the Soviet regime. (October 14, 2007 -- Associated Press)
And I remembered that the grocery store in the background was my grocery store, the Centralny Gastronom on Kreshchatik. Here's a photo I took of it nine years ago, in more peaceful days.