Kyiv City

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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day15

    Old Kiev Center

    May 17, 2016 in Ukraine

    It is my last night in Ukraine. Still trying to absorb this experience. Amazing, beautiful, incredible.
    I have had a great time exploring what I could here, mostly on foot.
    I learned a lot about the passionate views of most people here toward their country. The question I was asked most often was, "What do people in your country know about the war in the East?". The second most asked question. "Who do they believe (is in the right) ?"
    Recently, the woman representing Ukraine in the Eurovision singing contest, Jamala, won this years event. People were so desperate for something good to hold onto, many celebrated, many cried tears of joy. Making it especially sweet was that she beat the favorite, a young singer from Russia. Of course, Russia complained that it was political.
    There is a politeness, that gets a little dicey in the busier streets. Ocassional honking of horns and non-vulgar gestures, highlighting the chaotic driving here. My first shock was watching a small, older woman step into the busy street where there was a crosswalk, but no intersection or crossing light. Out of my fear for her safety, I almost grabbed her to pull her from the path of a car I was sure would plow over her. As I moved toward her, the car hit the brakes, she never flinched, looked, ...or
    I began to notice this frequently. Cars will also try to sneak between groups crossing the street during a green crossing signal.
    I will write more as I process my tjoughts.
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  • Day2


    August 9, 2017 in Ukraine

    After 4 hours of border control and 11 hours of bus riding I met Dasha, a classmate of mine from Hohenheim, and her Columbian boyfriend Edwin. She showed us the Ukrainian Kiev in a way I'll never forget. Together we discovered places we'd never seen otherwise. Definitely, Kiev is way more than post-soviet buildings and grey concrete and well worth a visit. Thank you Dasha and Edwin!

  • Day1

    Singing... in Kyiv

    May 14, 2017 in Ukraine

    Ukraine is a tough country - in the last few years there has been a revolution, a downed plane and there are ongoing issues with Russian. I clearly didn't do my research or I may have been a little more apprehensive when we landed in KBP - Kiev's international airport, and sought out Vladimir our taxi driver. We were there for the Eurovision song contest 2017. The drive into town was quiet Vald knew little English and I little Ukraine - we smiled and pointed at a few things. First impressions of Kiev were welcoming - though it had dark undertones - I got the feeling if you wanted to pay to have someone bumped off you should have brought them with you. I had Téa with me - my favourite daughter.

    Kiev to be pronounced like Keith with a speech impediment - where "th" is "v". yep that easy, was wet and not that welcoming as a city. The hotel was very nice - I think we could have stayed there a lot longer and it is somewhere where I would be very tempted to go back to.

    Beer and food in general was cold and cheap - I liked the chicken kiev's - I had 2 and many many more beers. I gave 5 euros to the porter, and I guess that was enough for him to take his family out for a slap up meal with lots more beers if the hotel prices were anything to go by.

    The Eurovision contest was good - some observations on no particular order;
    - very camp
    - nice welcoming crowd, all on good form
    - not many drunk people
    - lots of over excited people
    - lots of Brits and Irish - but a good all round collection of flags
    - the winning song was a bit pants
    - the variety of songs was fabulous
    - the horse and gorilla were the only weird there

    We walked a lot. My feet still hurt. We took the Metro out to the exhibition hall for the contest - some 10km. It cost the equivalent of 20p each way.

    I've included some photos - last is the best.
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  • Day2

    Wo ist das Gold?

    September 10, 2017 in Ukraine

    Stimmung ist Mischung aus Skandinavien und Griechenland

You might also know this place by the following names:

Misto Kyyiv, Kyiv City, Municipalité de Kiev, Misto Kyiv, Киев, Місто Київ

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