. In the same area as the 3 monuments is the Caves Monastery, which is listed as the #1 sight in Kiev. I figured okay let’s go see some caves where the monks lived, while in fact it is one huge complex of churches and cathedrals that I spent a couple of hours wandering around.
My last day in Kiev before flying out tomorrow and I planned on seeing the last 3 churches I will visit for at least a year as well as the Chernobyl Museum (Chernobyl lies about 75 miles north of Kiev). When I woke up it was pouring rain, which is the first real rain that I have encountered on the trip apart from a few 15 minute showers that didn’t interrupt any of my plans. I contemplated staying in the hotel for the day but around one o’clock I was bored so I bought an umbrella and ventured out to finish my sightseeing of Kiev. It’s now late at night and I have completed my blog entries. I fly out in about 10 hours and am looking forward to getting back to the Emirates since I have to prepare to move back to Abu Dhabi after 7 years in Al Ain. As the band Cornershop sang "It’s Good to be on the Road Back Home Again".
Back where it all began in Kiev. Since I hightailed it out of here as soon as arrived back in June I thought I should spend a couple of days taking in the sights. Kiev is a pretty easy city to get around with 3 subway lines, which are the deepest subways in the world at over 100 meters in depth. I timed the descent on the escalator, which are also the longest in the world, at 94 seconds. The good thing is the stations are marked with both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets and there are maps when you exit that point you in the right the direction. Being a little churched out after Lithuania and Lviv I was happy to see that on the sightseeing itinerary there were only 3 of them and they were pretty much right next to each other. I figured I would save them for day 2 and head off to another part of the town on the first day and check out some of the famous monuments like the Defense of the Motherland (Ukraine's version of the Statue of Liberty), Monument to the Unknown Soldier, and the Monument to the Famine of 1932-33 when nearly 10 million Ukrainians perished do to famine