Andriyivsky Uzviz/Elton John concert
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This Saturday had been declared an official working day to compensate for an extra holiday in another two weeks. Since I wouldn't be around anymore for the extra holiday, I didn't feel obliged to make it a full working day for me and left the office around 15:00h and walked over to Andriyivsky Uzviz.
Until now I hadn't seen many tourists; I guess that's because apparently they were all hiding at Andrews descent. I was coming from the "wrong" side and made it Andrews ascent.
Tons of tourist stalls selling matruska's and the usual souvenirs led up to St Andrew's Church, a baroque church from the 18th century. After checking out the church and the nearby statue of the "two hares" , depicting the main characters of a famous Ukrainian play, I didnt have time left to visit St.
Back by metro at the maydan Nezalezhnosti, where my hotel was, a large part of the square had been shut down around the podium they'd been building for the last couple of days. Elton John would give a free concert that evening to raise Aids awareness . Since my hotel was right at the main square I thought maybe I could enjoy the concert from my hotel room. So I settled myself in the window-sill and watched the crowd gathering for the concert. It took only 3 seconds into the concert to realize I had to go down into the crowd after all; the sound was lousy from where I was.
Working my way through the mass I finally got a spot where I could actually see Elton John in real life, in stead of on a screen, but a fence guarded by policemen stopped my progress. The concert might have been free, but for the area right in front of the podium you still needed tickets. Then I noticed the police where letting people in who didn't have tickets. When I got close enough I could see what it took to get in; just a small "gift" to the policeman. I gave him 10 hryvnia (1.50 Euro) and enjoyed the rest of the concert in a not so crowded place right in front of the podium:-)