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Kiev was one of those places that hits you in the stomach, puts you on the floor and forces you to re-assess your life. I arrived happily to a beautiful crisp Saturday afternoon and was immediately met with lush fields of green on my way from the airport into town. My apartment was extremely central and a fantastic choice, courtesy of some good advice by a travbuddy.

 

My first night out in Kiev i met a whole group of people and they all instantly befriended me. I was promptly invited for brunch the next morning and given tips and help for the entire remainder of my stay in Ukraine. This included offesr to help organise my accomodation, busses, taxis, everything! I was even invited to a house party the very next day and was quick to accept the offer. I’m very quick to judge a place by the friendliness of it’s people and this place was passing with flying colours.

time to hit the paving
The people I met were well educated, intelligent, spoke excellent, if not superb English, and we had a terrific night. The night life was also unreal and I was happy to see that the ratio of women to men was like a pride of lions on the savannah. I’ve got no idea where all the men are, but they’ve left the bars full of good looking women. What a tragedy!

 

On my first day I walked right down along the river to the monastery and into the Soviet museum. It was fantastic and I just wish I could read russian (or they’d sign posted in english) because it was an extremely detailed museum. The photography speaks for itself. The chestnut image i captured is now my favourite photo i’ve ever taken. The lighting and the colours of autumn were truly smiling on Kiev.

 

The town itself is not too large so it’s easy to walk around in a day or so.

church in B&W
I made the wise choice to hire a walking tour guide, also through travbuddy, and walked from 11am until 6pm covering the entire city. My guide explained in details, with interesting anecdotes everything there was to know about Kiev, Ukraine and it’s people and history. Highlights include the Gargoyle house, the Golden Gate and the many churches and cathedrals. I wont go into the details, because if you are reading this, you need to visit Kiev for yourself and get Helen to give you a tour!

 

Leaving Kiev was always going to be hard and I thought seriously about simply not moving on but I had important things, places and people ahead on this journey, so it was once again that I put a weathered eye to the horizon and stepped out into the darkness in pursuit of that flighty temptress.....adventure!

 

moonspdr says:
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Kyiv. It is my current home and I love it here. If you ever make it back, I recommend coming in May. It's the most beautiful time of the year here.
Posted on: Dec 08, 2009
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time to hit the paving
time to hit the paving
church in B&W
church in B&W
bell end
bell end
babushkas on patrol
babushkas on patrol
autumn strolling
autumn strolling
rail shades
rail shades
start of autumn
start of autumn
down the path
down the path
leave it be
leave it be
chestnut in b&w
chestnut in b&w
chestnut in colour
chestnut in colour
rambo in action
rambo in action
pick me!
pick me!
hmmm...
hmmm...
this way!
this way!
check out my b.o.!
check out my b.o.!
guns n roses
guns n roses
tanked out
tanked out
crossing cannons
crossing cannons
colour of war
colour of war
the americans got nothing on this …
the americans got nothing on this…
gold over green
gold over green
silent ponderings
silent ponderings
interesting columns at the gargoyl…
interesting columns at the gargoy…
presidents pad
presidents pad
fancy a cuppa?
fancy a cuppa?
this is a soviet church!
this is a soviet church!
colours of washing
colours of washing
interesting roof
interesting roof
colours of autumn
colours of autumn
church again
church again
off the hip
off the hip
a beautiful example of Rococco arc…
a beautiful example of Rococco ar…
off the roof
off the roof
step in time
step in time
only one thing left to do
only one thing left to do
Kiev
photo by: Biedjee