Like most things, the boat doesn’t like sitting around lonely at the dock. It likes to be ran and worked out. Since I was going to be away for three weekends this was Lisa’s responsibility to tend to. She drove down on the weekend to check on the boat with Sophia. She ran up the engine and was going to take it out but the winds weren’t cooperating and she didn’t want to just go motoring around Oriental so stayed tied up at the dock, relaxed and enjoyed the unseasonably sunny warm days. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. She was enjoying 70 degree temps while I was living it up with 34 degrees and rainy. She unfortunately didn’t take any pictures so feel free to ridicule her for her lack of media savvy.
I was working in Lviv, Ukraine and was lucky enough to have a couple days off during my stay. I took advantage and toured some of the city. My hotel was right in downtown Lviv next to Rynok Square so it was easy to get around and see some of the sites. I took a walk up to the top of the Lviv town clock tower. It is about 4-500 steps up to the top for a great panoramic view of the city. I also walked up to High Castle Hill. This was about a 5 mile round trip and climb up another large staircase to see all of Lviv. There are street performers all over the Square providing entertainment. Since it was near Christmas the Lviv Christmas market was in full swing with lots of booths selling different food and souvenirs. I was eating out every night as my hotel room didn’t have a kitchenette. I had Ukrainian, Greek, Italian, and American food. One of the highlights was TEX MEX BBQ. This place is run by an American ex-pat in the heart of Lviv. I usually try to experience local food and eschew “American” restaurants when I travel, but because I was in the area so long I tried out TEX MEX. This place is outstanding and I ended up eating there three times. I tried the Tex, the Mex, and the BBQ and all were fantastic. Michael is a character and is usually found walking around interacting with all his customers when he’s not in the back cooking, as he is the owner and head chef. It is amazing when people work so hard and accept the challenge to start a business. It’s crazy when they decide to do it outside the US as an ex-pat. If your travels take you through Western Ukraine you should definitely stop by and see him.