In a city that is, as so many in Eastern Europe, caught between poverty, developent and consumerism you see contrasts like this everywhere. While the infrastructure is slowly being modernized, a Lot of people are already doing very well.
A man on his way back home from work in Brasov, Romania.
Two generations walking down the street in Khust, Ukraine. These age but also ethnical differences can lead to conflicts within societies in Eastern Europe that recently had to fight more racism against gypsies.
In Plovdiv these kids were running around the streets, playshooting each other with plastic guns.
Asian tourists at the castle in Budapest playing with Kalaschnikovs and military gear at a weapons exhibition. To be seen were weapons, tanks, attilery and planes from World War One to the end of the Cold War.
“Tiszaföldvár” is a town south-eastern of Budapest. The demonstration was trying to raise awareness for a practice in hungarian banks to get people to take loans in Swiss Franken, which then raised in value because of local hungarian inflation. So people could not pay back their loans, which, according to a demonstrator, had already caused 4000 people to commit suicide.
The central plaza in Khust, a smaller town in Ukraine. With a newly built orthodox church to the left, construction of the plaza remains at a standstill. In the distance, three black vans were parked as the town’s official money exchange. The cashiers in the vans took my money, and took white plastic bags from underneath the seats to collect the change, leaving me hoping that I would even see my money again.
A hair dresser salon in Lviv, Ukraine.
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