Old Kiev CenterMay 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 cared...lol
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.Read more