World cup riots

Kiev Travel Blog

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A miniature horse and monkey in a bar.... something you don't see everyday!

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Stale (Norway), Nata (Ukraine)

I arrived in Kiev after a 10 hour train ride, still hung over from Lviv! To make matters worse the hostel i went to was full, but luckily they fitted me in to the other HI in town. I spent a week in Kiev taking in the sites, sampling the bars and watching the football.

Stale arrived in time for the quarter final game between Ukraine and Italy, which we watched in Independence Square. Eastern European football fans have a reputation for getting a little irate if things are not going to plan and losing 3-0 certainly fell into this category! The first incident occured around half time as a guy lit a huge flare, threw it on the ground and it actually began to melt the floor! As a huge black ploom of smoke filled the Square the riot police came flying in, followed seconds later by a posse of camera crews and photographers.

Independence Square
A similar incident occured in the second half, only this time the guy threw the flare AT the riot police! On both occasions no arrests were made as the perpetrators mingled back in amongst the crowds.

Later in the night, Stale and i ran into a gentleman we christened 'The touching Russian'. He befriended us in a sports bar and explained he was on business from Russia. Within minutes he was hugging Stale and stroking him on every occassion possible. As we left the bar he joined us and proceeded to lay his hands all over me as we progressed down the street. As Stale and i exchanged bewildered glances we struggled to comprehend what the hell he was doing! As we reached another bar he preoceeded to stroke the bouncer who to our surprise had no problems with these actions.

Independence Square
Next he moved on to some young ladies who also acted as though his obsessive touching was quite a normal thing! As he attempted to order the first round of absynths we decided it was time to make our excuses and depart.

The following night England lost to Portugal on penalties (again) and all of a sudden i wished i had a flair. My release however, came by seeing the bottom of several empty tequila glasses. Been our last night in Kiev, we decided to finish in style and found a pretty cool club at Artema 30 (i believe was the address) near our hostel. We had walked past many nights, but it looked like a chinese restaurant... little did we know this was merely where the post clubbers were dining at 5am! The night went off with a bang as did my head the following morning at check out.

My last day in Kiev was spent trying to stomach some soup and a beer in the scorching heat before catching the night train to Krakow with a reheated 'meat' sandwich. This really disagreed with my body and i was only grateful to have my compatment to myself on the 19 hour journey!

almond72 says:
Well, you certainly have 'flair' for travel and writing these blogs. Keep it up.
Posted on: Jul 03, 2009
Deats says:
Oh dear... I wonder how many more booboos ive made, i'll check through one day! Its now corrected, cheers mate :D
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
James1985 says:
i think its pronounced 'Flare' haha
Posted on: Apr 20, 2008
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A miniature horse and monkey in a …
A miniature horse and monkey in a…
Independence Square
Independence Square
Independence Square
Independence Square
Parade on Kreshchatnyk Street for …
Parade on Kreshchatnyk Street for…
Orthodox Cathedral
Orthodox Cathedral
Communist monument
Communist monument
Communist Monument in in City Park
Communist Monument in in City Park
Ukraine vs Italy on the big screen…
Ukraine vs Italy on the big scree…
Ukraine vs Italy in Independence S…
Ukraine vs Italy in Independence …
Ukraine vs Italy in Independence S…
Ukraine vs Italy in Independence …
Enjoying a drink with the locals
Enjoying a drink with the locals
Kiev
photo by: Biedjee