I never thought I would get so many compliments and make instant friends. And as at the moment I view every single instance a Ukrainian talks to me as conversation practice, perhaps I should throw free language lessons in that title, too.
'You brought that with you?'
'Is that your bag?'
'You are so clever!'
Just some nuggets of the raised eyebrows and genuine amusement I cause day by day at the check out line. (And I really don't deserve it. Until I started to write this blog post I am ashamed to admit, the environment hardly crossed my mind. It was thinking more along the lines of having to carry just one bag from the car to the kitchen instead of the half a dozen useless plastic ones you get at the store).
But the good news is, all the cashiers know me now (and no, I am not the only foreigner in the area), they all greet me and smile at me and they are all nice enough to chit-chat with me every single day.