My parents are traveling to a mountain resort for a 5-day vacation.
They are bringing home-made chicken pâté, several bowls of kholodets (meat in jelly), Olivier salad, several different kinds of sausage, homemade farmer’s cheese, and a bunch of deserts. I’m sure there’s other stuff that I wasn’t told about.
They are also bringing bay leaf, peppercorns and canning spices because they will be gathering and canning large quantities of mushrooms. My mother has been cooking non-stop for days to prepare for the vacation that will involve a really intense spate of cooking. Kholodets alone takes a shitload of work.
This is how Ukrainians vacation.
My reaction to the story is, “OMG, this is the best vacation ever!”