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Central square

Fellow blogreaders,

This is the third time I try to update this entry; the previous times the entries got lost because of problems with travbuddy.

Anyway, on monday the 20th I arrived in Kiev. The trip to here was the longest I've ever made. 27 hours in the train, but it was surprisingly easy to survive. The nice thing is that time ticks by itself, and you don't have to do anything about it. When I looked at the map, I saw that the distance from Bukarest to Kiev wasn't that long. But when the train started to drive everything became clear. I was so used to western standards that I forgot that not the whole world is situated in the west. The tracks in eastern Romania and Ukraine aren't as straight as they are in my homecountry.

Huge statue
So the maximumspeed the train drove was about 50 km/h. Then there was the bordercrossing. Customs usually take their to check your documents. But here they had plenty of time because the train had to change wheels. Somebody told me before, that Ukraine has different track sizes. This was changed in the second world war to prevent the German's to enter Russia. And the Ukrainians haven't bothered to change this in the past 50 years. So, when the train began to lift the ground I couldn't believe my eyes. I imagined also my fellow blogreaders couldn't, so I took my camera and walked to the end of the train. There I saw that the train was being lifted and the wheels were rolling away from the train. The result you can see in the video.

When I arrived in Kiev I made a mistake I've made before. I didn't want to be ripped of by a taxi driver so I choose to walk to my hostel. This took me 45 minutes with a temperature in the 30's degrees C. After that I started to explore the city. There are a lot of nice is things to see, and Kiev is rather big. This resulted in 25 km of walking in two days, and one blister on my foot. But it was worth it. I've seen a lot as you can see on the pictures.

On Tuesday the 21st it was allready time to leave. I was only two days in Kiev, because I allready had some delays and I wanted to stay in Moscow as long as possible, for many reasons.

Up to Moscow!

orellana says:
hey buddy!thanks for the pics and memories from all those great places...enjoy your journey!
Alberto
Posted on: Aug 27, 2007
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Central square
Central square
Huge statue
Huge statue
Tanks, near the war monuments
Tanks, near the war monuments
Central square
Central square
Central square
Central square
Another house
Another house
A house in Kiev
A house in Kiev
The Dnjepr river
The Dnjepr river
Cathedrals
Cathedrals
View at Kiev
View at Kiev
Some monument
Some monument
Cathedral
Cathedral
Kiev
Kiev
Kiev Architecture
Kiev Architecture
Another Kiev Cathedral
Another Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Angels army
Angels army
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Saint Sophia Cathedral Kiev
Saint Sophia Cathedral Kiev
Saint Sophia Cathedral Kiev
Saint Sophia Cathedral Kiev
Kiev Architecture
Kiev Architecture
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
Kiev Cathedral
A 2 hour pit stop at the Ukrainian…
A 2 hour pit stop at the Ukrainia…
Russian train
Russian train
Changing the wheels of the train …
Kiev
photo by: Biedjee