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    • Day4

      Kiev, entre Occident et Orient

      January 13, 2020 in Ukraine ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

      Kiev, capitale de la Grande Ukraine. Encore une fois qu'une journée pour voir ce que la ville a à offrir. La journée commence bien, il y a une bagagerie à la gare où nous pouvons laisser nos sacs ! Premier jour de liberté donc et nous partons, légers, vers la Laure des Grottes, gigantesque monastère orthodoxe inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO. Architecture orientale et églises obscures, le lieu est sacré et deux choses sont d'or : les coupoles et le silence. On croise plus de croyants que de touristes, ce qui participe à l'ambiance solennelle de ce grand complexe religieux. En sortant, on déambule entre les chars soviétiques et les vestiges des conflits passés.
      De retour au métro, on vise une station au hasard, espérant nous diriger vers le centre ville. Plutôt bien tombés, on se promène au milieu des vieux bâtiments historiques, pittoresques au premier étage et commerciaux au rez-de-chaussée, le contraste est frappant. On déambule jusqu'à un marché de Noël et une patinoire locale qui clôt parfaitement nos quelques heures ukrainiennes avant de reprendre le bus.

      PS : Le métro de Kiev est le plus profond du monde. Pourquoi ? Pour pouvoir servir d'abri en cas d'attaque ou d'accident nucléaire. Le souvenir de Tchernobyl pousse à la prudence.

      PSS : Une petite vidéo de patins à glace, soyez indulgents, ça faisait vraiment longtemps.
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      Traveler

      Est ce que la patinoire est ouverte l'hiver ?

      1/27/20Reply
       
    • Day6

      Что не так???🫤

      August 22, 2022 in Ukraine ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Как так? Сделать пандус до входа в аптеку, но не сделать в аптеке,... Ну вот как можно так недоделать???,... Я в недоумении...
      В Германии практически нигде нет проблем с перемещением. Я чувствую себя там вполне самостоятельной, если нужно куда-то идти и ехать с Богданом. В Украине это чувство отсутствует напрочь, как и в Польше, кстати, тоже(((
      И да, я с порога кричала, есть ли лекарство и только потом спустилась, чтобы купить🥴, хорошо, что никто в это время не зашёл в аптеку 🙈
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      Traveler

      все для людей, а с колясками и инвалидам там нет места😒🤕😪

      8/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      на этом мои приключения с пандусами не закончились)) был ещё один, немного узковатый, но наполовину ещё и заросший можжевельником. Я возле него ещё подумала, если Богдана по нему провезти, то ветки не сильно его поцарапают. Одна прохожая женщина увидела мои колебания и когда я всё-таки решилась по нему съехать, то она заглядывала в коляску Боле и успокаивала меня, что ветки до него не достают. У меня все!🙈

      8/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Пандус что, в другом здании? Перила то есть.

      8/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      🥴

      8/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Мне кажется там и дверь узковата для инвалидной коляски 🧐

      8/24/22Reply
       
    • Day10

      Утренний кофе в центре Киева☕️

      August 26, 2022 in Ukraine ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Такие мгновения особенно дороги и в этом есть что-то очень уютное 😊
      Желаем и вам душевного уюта и хороших выходных😘
      P.S. в нашем районе последние три дня были спокойными, а на звуки сирен уже реагирую не так остро.
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      Traveler

      Рада, что у вас спокойно и Бодя в хорошем настроении, люблю вас

      8/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      😘

      8/27/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      Auf geht's nach Tschernobyl

      October 30, 2021 in Ukraine ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

      Fahrt übers Land

      Es geht vorbei an vielen kleinen Dörfern, Häuschen im Wald. Ab und zu mal eine Kuh oder Pony.
      Kleine Marktstand an der Straße, viel Wald und einige Felder .
      Es sind andere Auto und Busse such mit uns unterwegs Richtung Norden Zone.
      Heute ist es ziemlich neblig, aber es ist nicht kalt.

      Es werden heute 1500 Besucher erwartet.
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    • Day2

      Cathedral City

      October 5, 2019 in Ukraine ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      The beautiful architectural and ancient golden domed cathedrals dotted around Kyiv are certainly sights to behold. The exterior alone is very impressive on each of these majestic buildings and needs no further encouragement from me to view and admire them for yourself.Read more

    • Day1

      First Day In Kyiv

      October 4, 2019 in Ukraine ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Firstly I managed to navigate myself to my Airbnb quite comfortably from the airport despite having no data on my phone so that is a positive start. Also, the metro ride cost the equivalent of 25p in Ukrainian hryvnia. Lastly, not only is my Airbnb host very attractive and welcoming, but she is also a proud artist displaying some of her paintings in the apartment.Read more

    • Day167

      KIYV kann auch schön!

      October 14, 2019 in Ukraine ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Und dann gibt es in dieser Stadt noch so viel schönes. Wir hatten auf verschiedenen FreeCityTours die Stadt erforscht und verschiedene Quartiere besucht. Die junge Revolution und der Nationalfeiertag mit seinen nationalistischen Demos, ebenso die Ukrainische Küche die nur aus Fleischgerichten besteht sorgten für spannende Gespräche.

      Fazit Nadia: „doch nöd so schlimm, trotz Polizeistaat“
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    • Day3

      Virsky!

      July 30, 2019 in Ukraine ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Wow! After staying up for 27 hours straight, boy did I sleep great. I don't think I even stirred once during the night. Apparently Brooke woke up 5:30 AM, wide awake and felt rested. She laid there for the next hour, trying not to disturb me, but was secretly willing me to wake up. I woke up around 6:45 AM (still an hour before the alarm I set) and we headed down to breakfast.

      Breakfast was a great European selection of breads, meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and hot selections. There was even hot cabbage rolls! European breakfasts are always so wonderful and fresh!

      After breakfast, Shane offered to take us for a quick walk to show us where to take money out and exchange CDN dollars. Took out 5,000 hryvni which was about $250 CDN. We also walked to the supermarket to buy a bunch of bottled water. Then it was back to the hotel to get ready for the Virsky workshop! We actually went down to the lobby early so I could start stretching out the back since I'm a little tight from the day of being on an airplane.

      The Virsky studios is literally right across the street from our hotel, so everyone was dressed in dance gear and we walked over. The actual dance studio is on the 3rd floor with a main lobby area that we put our bags in. There was a bit of miscommunication where our group thought we were starting at 9:30, but the actual start time was 10:00 so we had extra time to get ready. Took some photos by the Virsky sign and also did a group message for an alumni wedding that we are missing.

      Going into the Virsky studio was quite the experience. The studio is massive, almost 3 times the size of ours and has a full wooden dance floor. The workshop was run by Halyna and Vova, alumni principle dancers in Virsky. We started with a ballet barre warm up. The exercises weren't the most complicated, but they were still intense because the instructors were quite critical. There were many times where they gave us corrections to the entire group for things to focus on.

      After a short break (pretty sure so the instructors could have a smoke) we went into center work and technique. I promptly put myself in the 4th line, not 1st but not last (Brooke was 2nd or 3rd line, much more confidence). The exercises were similar to what I have seen in the past, but I always find it tough to figure something out after being shown once (hence the 4th line). After the center work and some cross-floor, they split us into boys and girls and went through more jumping and spinning exercises.

      After another 10 minute (smoke) break, we went into combinations. This part the overall consensus was that they seemed to not have a real plan in mind for what to teach. They asked if we knew the Virsky Pryvit which some of us do and it turned into learning the different combinations from the opening of that dance. Brooke and I were able to keep up quite well, but that is because we have done it in big shows from the past few years. However it seemed that the two instructors didn't know the exact intricate details of each combination and I personally would have preferred to learn an excerpt from some other dance that we don't know.

      Final thoughts on the Virksky workshop:
      -very exciting to dance in the studio where they rehearse
      -great experience to learn from two people who performed with them years ago
      -it was incredibly hot and I was sweating like you wouldn't believe
      -A bit too short and it would have been cool to see part of an actual rehearsal
      -FYI they asked us not to post any photos from inside their studio so we will have some cool things to show when we get home

      After the workshop we were directed to head back to the hotel and be ready to go in 15 minutes. I don't know if we've mentioned it yet, but our tour is through Cobblestone Freeway so everything is pretty planned and arranged and there are 4 representatives with us as guides. What that means is that we have a schedule to keep and needed to be getting on our way to lunch. Brooke's opinion here was that more time could have been planned so we could have a moment to breathe. Anyways, we had the quickest shower of our life since we were soaked, changed clothes and headed downstairs.

      Lunch was at Salo Bar. The pre-arrangement of meals is excellent because we show up and they have everything ready. Lunch was a multi-course meal of a cabbage salad, borscht, meat cabbage rolls, potato pancakes (Dad you would have loved them), and perogies. It was all fabulous and delicious. Also ordered a round of beers with some dancers since we earned it this morning. Halfway through we were told that we were leaving in 5 minutes and we pretty much had a repeat of Nuremberg where I had to finish my beer plus some of the girls'.

      The afternoon consisted of memorial sight seeing. First up was the Holodomor Memorial museum. For those that don't know, the Holodomor was a series of famines in Ukraine that were implemented by the Soviet Union in 1921, 1932, 1933, and 1947. The Soviet Union forced Ukrainians to meet unreachable harvest quotas, which meant there was not enough food for the actual people of Ukraine, and millions died of starvation. I was aware of these events but what I didn't know was that the truth was censored for over 50 years. We watched a short 15 minute video and then had a tour of the rest of the museum. I really liked the main memorial called the Candle of Memory which was encased in a metal cross representing how Ukraine was like a prison.

      Next we were driven to the World War II memorial. Our guides gave us some background information on when Ukraine entered the war, their roles, and the battle that was fought around the Dnipro River. The main statue was a really tall monument called "Motherland" that was built in 1981. The statue is holding a sword and shield. Interesting facts were that the shield was embellished with a Soviet Union symbol and when Ukrainian government outlawed the symbol it was deemed too expensive to remove. And a myth around the sword was that the sword was cut off so that it would not be taller than the crosses on Valgra Church, who knows if that is true.

      We then headed back to the hotel. Brooke stopped off early to go body suit shopping with some girls and was very successful. I went and had a beer in the hotel bar with the guys. Then it was time to head for dinner.

      Dinner was a multi-course meal with a small group of dancers / singers performing for us. It was so nice to be performed to for once! The food was delicious and very abundant. Some of the highlights were the potato pancakes (Dad you must be so jealous), grilled beef, and the sour cherry perogies for dessert. The small performing group sang for us and also had everyone come up at different times throughout dinner and do folk dances with them.

      Another traditional part of a Ukrainian meal is vodka toasts. The tradition is to do 5 toasts throughout dinner and the toasts are to: 1. The Host, 2. Friends, 3. Love, 4. Parents / Grandparents, 5. Good Health. The restaurant had an incredible cherry vodka that was very easy to go down. The toasts went fairly quickly and then it was custom toasts afterwards. We also can't end on an even number so I think we finished at 13 in total (the pours started to be smaller as the night went on)

      Finishing off the night with a drink with the dancers at the hotel bar. Tomorrow is a city tour of Kyiv.

      Tyler
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      Traveler

      Sounds like an awesome day!! Lovely photos. Beautiful moments! Hugs to you both!

      7/30/19Reply
      Traveler

      A full day....... Potato pancakes and vodka shots now I am jealous. Sounds like a great day

      7/30/19Reply
      Traveler

      Sounds delicious!

      7/30/19Reply
      Traveler

      As always, an excellent description of the food Tyler! 😋

      8/3/19Reply
       
    • Day2

      Made it to Kyiv!

      July 29, 2019 in Ukraine ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      I’m really not the best person to recount the next part of the day as I wasn’t conscious during much of it. The way to our plane from the gate was by bus (which I managed to sleep on although it was likely less than 10 minutes) and then I also slept through the entire flight. Tyler did some last minute cramming with Ukrainian lessons on Duolingo (which included some LONG blinks as per Tyler) and then he made a new level on Mario Maker 2 (apparently with a very difficult ending).

      Cobblestone Freeway tour staff was right there after we made it through baggage claim (our luggage came) and escorted us to a small van to drive us to the Ibis hotel. I again slept for much of that drive. When we arrived, we had about 15 minutes to change and reapply deodorant and then had to be downstairs to go to dinner. Dinner was at Chicken Kyiv. A lovely green salad and the chicken Kyiv with mashed potatoes.

      I’m pretty sure everyone else is out exploring but we’ve turned in a bit early because tomorrow is a big day... Virsky!!

      Brooke
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      Traveler

      Have a good sleep. Enjoy every moment of the Virsky Workshop.

      7/29/19Reply
      Traveler

      I stayed at an Ibis hotel in Kyoto! Or would it be Kioto? :)

      7/29/19Reply
      Traveler

      So excited for you two... and all! Ditto... enjoy your special time at Virsky!! ❤️❤️

      7/29/19Reply
       
    • Day166

      KIYV CITY

      October 13, 2019 in Ukraine ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Schon bei der Einfahrt wird uns klar, dass Kiew eine echte Grossstadt ist. Wir passieren auf der 8-spurigen Stadtautobahn die unzähligen Plattenbauten. Nadia ist schon abgeschreckt „do gfauts mir nöd!“, ok sie ist es auch die fährt. Als dann die geplante Googleroute noch gesperrt ist (Sonntag), wir auf uns allein gestellt sind, nichts lesen können, die Reisecars rückwärts fahren, wir endlich den richtigen Weg gefunden doch falsch abbiegen und Arjen alles kommentiert... ok wir lassen es beim „do gfauts mir nöd!“.
      Park4Night führt uns auf eine Flussinsel, direkt ins Fahrverbot. 4 Autos die das gekonnt ignorieren, geben uns auch den Mut einzufahren und der entgegenkommenden Polizeipatrouille ein freundliches lächeln zu schenken und zu hoffen sie ignorieren auch uns. Es lohnt sich und wir finden auf der Insel ein kleines Erholungsparadies: Strand, Wäldchen, tanzend und singende Alte, Karaoke für die Jungen und ein Strand-Restaurant mit Aussicht auf Mutter-Heimat und UNESCO-Kloster. Es ist über 20Grad und unser Schlafplatz hervorragend.
      Nadia kann wieder lächeln, und ich höre jetzt auf mit den unendlichen Aufzählungen.

      Eigentlich planten wir noch einen organisierten Tagesausflug nach Chernobyl. Dazu wurde uns empfohlen und auch abgeraten. Die Preise sind durch die Kurzfrisigkeit unserer Anfrage um 150% gestiegen, sprich wir lassen es. Wir begnügen uns mit dem ausführlichen Museum und der HBO Serie, eine sehr empfehlenswert und gemäss City-Tourguide auch authentische „Doko“ zum tragischen Ereignis.
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