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Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv December 7th 2013

When I came back to Kyiv, the 1st morning was a training for my world trip coming soon: my friends were working so I had to figure out by myself how to get to the city (with their indications), where to get off the bus, change money, buy a sim card, walk around to find new interesting places and try to meet local people or fellow travellers. And I have to say that it gave me such a confidence boost for my world trip because I managed to get to the city, get off at the right stop, change money and buy a sim card for a great deal (5€ for illimited access to internet, illimited sms and illimited calls for a year within MTS network!). The other point which gave me more confidence is to ... read more
Pirogovo - traditionnal music
Saint Sophie's Cathedral
Andre Church

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv May 7th 2013

My knowledge of Kyiv Before going to Kyiv and even Ukraine I had little knowledge of the area, similarly to Copenhagen which turned out to be quite the adventure. what limited insight I possessed could not have prepared me for the short stay we had in store. So you can imagine my lack of knowledge I shall list what I thought I knew. Ukraine was part of the USSR There was a horrendous famine in the early part of the 20th century Independence was gained following the dissolution of the Soviet Union Ukraine has historically been crapped on by the German's and the Russians Kyiv was sacked by the Mongol's in 1240 resulting in a Mongol victory The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Lenin Reactor #4 exploded during tests on April 26th 1986 releasing 400 ... read more
The main station
Window cleaning Kyiv style
Health & Safety Kyiv style

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv October 18th 2011

Everything in Kiev is Grand Our start in Kiev wasn’t the best we could hope for. We did not get the overnight express we counted on and we had to settle down for a different, less 'luxurious' one. Later on we learnt that train number can tell a lot. Any small number, preferably with double zero in front is the best. The one we wanted was 092N so not bad at all and we came to Kiev on the 134 one. It was not bad at all as for 3rd class, we slept through out the night with no problems at all. The only negative point about this train was that it arrived in the afternoon and we had to hang around until we were able to head to our Couch Surfing place for the next ... read more
Upper Lavra Cathedral
St. Andrew
Say a little prayer...

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv August 11th 2011

When in Kiev… have Chicken Kiev What a great city. It is kept very clean by old women with brooms made of sticks sweeping the streets and scrapping gum off the pavement at 6am and 6pm. It was a very walkable city with 3 of its main attractions being orthodox churches with gold domes. Jim and I went one day on the metro 3 or 4 stops away from anything touristy what so ever. It was not as clean as the city center, and the architecture was a soviet block style apartment houses. What is very interesting about this city are the stalls to sell things. They are everywhere. They pop up on city streets (both in city center and away) and under the street, which I will get to later. The nightlife was great. Somewhat ... read more

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv » Maidan Nezalezhnosti July 26th 2011

With less than 2 weeks until we return to Washington DC, the place where our adventure began, we find ourselves again in Moscow ready to head to our large apple, aka New York City. We split our time between Kiev and Odessa. Our Ukrainian friend from DC Anna set us up with a home stay with her parents. We stayed in her old room even. The food they prepared was amazing. Everything maybe except the sala, which is the top layer of pig fat with spices. I tried a bite. Its like chewing gum with an aftertaste. I hope it won't remain in my stomach for 7 years. We also had nalishniki, a favorite. It is a bit like a crepe with some cheese inside. This cheese is hard to find in the US and I ... read more

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Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv May 10th 2011

Sitting in a marshalling yard in Ukraine The last visa arrived with 20 minutes to spare and to keep up with the theme David and I caught the train to paris with 10 minutes to spare. It was the usual swift journey to Paris arriving at the Gare du Nord at about 12pm. It’s only a short walk to the Gare de l’Est but we were pleased we had 45 minutes transfer time. Enough of this leaving everything until the last minute. The TGV raced us through France until we reached the hills by the German border; very pretty but not much Grand Vitesse. Our plan was to meet Peter in Munich but we found ourselves on the same train, in the same carriage on the way from Mannheim. We enjoyed beer and a good meal ... read more
Ukrainian Village
Peter

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv » Zoloti Vorota May 1st 2011

After Hannah left us for the airport in Warsaw, Clay and I headed to the bus station for our night bus across the border to Ukraine. As expected, it was a horrible journey and we didn’t get a whole lot of sleep as we were off and on the bus quite regularly and arrived into Lvov exhausted. So a train station in peak hour also filled with gypsies with 10 kids each who don’t understand how queues work was not exactly what I was after. Thankfully I found a woman who spoke English and we managed to book first class tickets for our night train to Kiev. We definitely needed the luxury! After that, we escaped the station and set out to explore Lvov. It was a nice enough city but honestly there wasn’t a lot ... read more
Lvov
Lvov #1
Lvov #2

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv September 6th 2010

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Mosaic of Painted Eggs
Kiev Group
Cyrillic Sign

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv May 31st 2010

When Ukraine decides to get on your nerves, it's your ears that suffer first. A day might start with the metallic whistle of a leaky shower, or by switching on the television to silly pop music, or going to work on a grumbling metro train and buses that screech and hiss. Rush hour is at its best a monotonous urban hum, at its worst - a collective grunt. But all of this can be forgiven when Ukraine makes music. Needing to clear my head, I took a Sunday stroll along the most illogical route I could think of: I walked from Pechersky market to the Kyivska Rus cinema, via Bessarabska square, Khreshchatik, Evropeiska square, St. Michael’s cathedral, the outdoor gift and souvenir market on Andriyvskiy Uzviz, Velyka Zhytomyrska and Reitarska streets, Lvivska square and Artema street. ... read more
Khreshchatik fountains.
A view of the city from Park Slavy.
Taras Shevchenko Park.

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv February 1st 2010

Getting registered to work legally in Ukraine is an infuriating process. Once dozens of documents are filled in, forms are translated and visas are bought, foreigners have to take a series of blood tests. With all the talk of ZhEK, TOV, SPID and OVIR making me irritable, I wondered if one of the tests would reveal an allergy to acronyms. My first appointment was at a poliklinika (clinic) in Lukyanivska. It is a typical Ukrainian public building: brown, sparse and run-down. On the ground floor there is a newspaper stall and a cloakroom, but no reception. I go up to one of the chemists' kiosks and ask a woman in a white coat: "Could you tell me where I need to go for a blood test?" She replies frumpily: "What type of blood test?" - I ... read more
Maidan Nezalezhnosti ('Independence Square').
Chilly night.
St. Michael's Monastery.




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