New York, USA Paulina Zenyuk
Bandura and Kalyna
Paulina shows us the Ukrainian Sport Club behind the pink corridor
(a color she doesn’t like) and underneath the room in which
the choir rehearses. She shows us Ukrainian restaurants and a butcher
who makes the best sausages. She invites us to the Café Venieros,
where the cake tastes really good. She studied music in Czernowitz
and played in the Bukowina Ensemble for Song and Dance Orchestra.
She shows us a picture in a newspaper of what the women in the Ensemble
wore. The woman on the front page is wearing a crown on her head
made of flowers and berries. This berry could be seen as a symbol
of the Ukraine, says Paulina. The berry is called Kalyna.
The berries are bitter and sour. After they are made into marmalade,
they supposedly work well as medicine.
In addition to Kalyna, Bandura, which is a string
instrument similar to a harp, should also represent the Ukraine.
We can see it in the Ukrainian store, but it’s not for sale.