"Kiev is life" Kiev Favorite Tip by abettorbob
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Favorite thing: Kiev is alive and full of naïve optimism! The spirit is upbeat, full of hope and with a positive vibe.
Having read what I could find about Kiev and Ukraine—I ventured off for several solo days to see what this city had to offer. (Plenty!!) Naturally impressed by the architecture and building designs, the cleanliness was impressive as well. Odessa seemed more grungy in comparison—still way cool and worth the visit! I arranged an apartment (way cheaper than hotels generally) right next to the Museum and across the street from awesome city partk (Marlinsky Park/Palace.) The park is full of life, rollerblading, couples and smiles---sort of. When you go, cross Lover’s Bridge and look for my solo initials. Find your way to Volodimir’s statue—the story of mass baptism and conversion to Christianity or face death and torture-makes accepting a change of faith more palatable.
This is a great walking park and really the whole city. Bring GOOD STABLE walking shoes. Find your way to about the only statue of Lenin—idealism is great until you include the human element. All the Cathedrals are impressive but leave lots of time for St. Andrew’s and the arts and crafts all along the hilly street- start at the top, stop for $.60 beer halfway down and spend- help the community and practice your negotiating skills in a new language, (for me this is zero knowledge.)
Kiev offers so much to see and appreciate (with wonderment and awe!) Give yourself time for thoughtful reflection all around Freedom Square any time of day but especially sunset and after dark.
I did not find Starbucks but plenty of espresso etc (< $1.00) – have several or a double premium vodka for $2.50. The food is great, prices even better. This city is truly alive with a powerful spirit now and the hope, more like expectation of more good things to come. So GO!
Incidentally, the ladies are remarkably attractive, too!!!! Safe travels
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