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Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv » Livoberezhna August 27th 2017

Rano este totalne rozbity po 5,5hod ceste z Radosti pri Plzni, kde mal fanklub ac milano zraz uz od piatku. Domov som dorazil nieco po polnoci v nedelu a hned ranny budicek smer vlak do tt. Veci na dva tyzdne som dokazal natlacit do fakt maleho batohu, bo vacsi mi volako smrdel, po navrate ho musim dat uz konecne oprat. Hadam vydrzi. Navysenie kreditu na platobnu kartu od revolut na 200€, online kupa listka na vlak zo serede do trnavy a hajde smer nove dobrodruzstva. Vo vlaku som sa pri kontrole listka v mobile preukazal pasom, ziadny problem. Po opusteny vozna, rychli presun na bus. Z tt isiel priamy bus na letisko, sice na letisku budem uz 3,5 hod pred odletom ale pohoda. Cesta bez problemov. Letisko znackujem antislovan nalepkou, odlovujem jednu kesku, nakup neakeho toho ... read more

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv April 30th 2017

Kiev, Ukraine: 4-25-2017 Kiev, Ukraine Toi den Kiev thu do cua Ukraine luc 8:30am. Day la lan thu 2 toi den xu nay. Lan dau toi den Odessa bang xe hoi di tu Romenia. Ukraine co 46 trieu dan. Nhung rong gap 2 lan dat nuoc viet Nam voi 602km2 . Noi tieng Nga va tieng Ukraine. Thu do la Kiev Sau the chien thu 2 Ukraine chua co doc lap va dat nuoc bi chia thanh nhieu phe phai va da thay doi chu 5 lan trong 1 nam giua Poland, Romania, Czecho-Slovakia and Russia. Stalin used Ukraine as la cho thi nghiem cho che do cong san va chu nghia quoc gia ma dua den su tuyet chung ma giet chet ca trieu dan Ukraine. Nam 1941 Nazi tan cong Ukraine trong vung chiem ... read more
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Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv April 4th 2016

Started the day out with a hot shower, the Ukrainian hot water is really hot. Then did some updates, checked on Facebook, and went to have some Apple and ginger tea. Was good tea, hot but really good. I think tea here beats the quick stuff we do in the USA. Even the restaurants back home can not compare I think. Well most of them. Nice sweet apple slices in it. Then we walked around and I was shown some architectures from the city. From the chocolate house, which has some interesting city. To state buildings, independence square, and through one of the chapels. My heart will be coming soon. It was not that difficult to adjust to the time difference since I work nights. The 7 hour difference was a piece of cake. I changed ... read more

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv March 28th 2016

Started to pack last night, will continue to pack through the week. Still have a little bit of shopping to do to get ready for the trip.... read more

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv » Maidan Nezalezhnosti December 13th 2014

Kyiv, Ukraine Wednesday – left directly from school – QSI International School of Minsk - 19 of us teachers flew Belavia from Minsk, Belarus to Kyiv, Ukraine – 1 hour 1 hour time change back money change at the airport would only change $100 because they only had very small bills 15 hryvnia/$1US – Ukrainian money I received all 20 hryvnia bills each a little more than $1 fat pile – I could barely squeeze them in my wallet arrive by school bus to “luxurious” 7 Days Hotel small double bed and 1 cot request for a bigger bed so Kevin and I could sleep together met with “all reserved” back to ‘non-smoking’ room – carpet covered in cigarette burns but relatively comfortable supermarket on 1st floor breakfast on 2nd floor with a health club buildings ... read more
Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv
Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kyiv

Europe » Ukraine » Kyiv November 10th 2014

My loving Kyiv – full of beautiful parks, sightseeings, nice restaurants, happy people and a lot of “must do” and “must see” activities. But! All of these seem to be ordinary if your soul is searching for adventure. Autumn time… There is still a summer smell in the air, but ebbing from day to day and you try to catch the last sun rays of that season, wearing a comfortable shoes, taking camera and going to play a quest along this yellow-green Kyiv streets. It is not necessary to go to museums and galleries for looking some pieces of art, if you know streets, thay are near, under the sky and absolutely free! I hasten to share my sculptural Kyiv... "Unburned Match" (Author Vladimir Belokon', Artema Str., 37-41) The main idea of this sculpture is to ... read more

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 March 26th 2012

Hey guys! So this is part 2 of my Eastern Europe Adventures: Having first visited Krakow, later that night we took the coach to Lviv in Ukraine, which despite only a 5 hour trip by road, involved more than 3 hours crossing the border - half an hour to queue, 45 minutes to check our passports on the Polish side, another half hour in no man's land, an hour checking passports in Ukraine, and then just when we thought it was finally time to go through, half an hour to search the coach. Even more fun was when the military style border guard in Ukraine, who had clearly never seen a British passport before spent two minutes staring at me and the passport, and then came back 45 minutes later, called me, and I had to ... read more
Lviv Opera House
Golden Cathedrals
Maidan

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...




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