Kiev is giving me no time to write

Trip Start Jun 15, 2012
Trip End Jul 27, 2012

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Kreshatyk Guest Apartments

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Well Kiev is quite a surprise. It is a great city to visit because of the cool street I'm on ( Kreshatyk - same as the apartment name) with all of the historical sites nearby, great looking buildings and plenty of music and activity on the street and plazas. Lots of very cool architecture that dates back in some cases to the 12th century  Of course a lot of Kiev was destroyed in the war and many of the buildings have been renovated to their original design. There are a lot of people walking the streets and the sidewalks on this street are extremely wide and filled with trees, vendors, benches, and outdoor cafes. The Dneiper River cuts through the city and there are some great spots for sweeping views of the city and river. I can see that there are a lot of sandy beach recreation areas along the river banks and on the many islands. Great spots for boating. The parks along the river are many and very dense with old and large trees. The city is kind of a gateway in culture and style between old western europe and the soviet union, which it was a part of. The walking has been long and brutal because of the hills. It did rain a lot on Sunday, but the last two days have been warm and sunny with a cool breeze. A lot like San Francisco. Well tomorrow I fly to Moscow for a last few days of travel. There hasn't really been anything else of note to write about - except I see that the little back alley park behind my apartment has had the cops busting girls at night. I think it is underage drinking since the police station is right next to it and nobody really goes by it at night so they aren't working girls. Kind of strange... but this is a very safe city at night from what I've seen. The apartment I'm stayin at is quite luxurious and comfortable. I think I got lucky since I wasn't really aware that this street was so cool. Kiev is probably one of the must see cities in Europe. Very open to tourists with a sense of both european and russian culture;  and there is a vibrant night life with lots of young people on the streets. The prices aren't too bad for food and drinks, a lot cheaper than Russia and the US. I did have some Borsch and it was excellent.  But I am going a little crazy trying to keep the currencies and dollar conversions in my head on this trip. This will have to be a short blog, because I got to run... Elena from Russia wants to take another walk. 
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Chris on

Don't keep the girls waiting. And definitely don't tell Elena about Anna.
Looks like fun.
The natives see you as the rich American ... so don't disappoint them.
Have Fun and keep safe.

Shari on

Have a safe trip home, Greg.
I can't wait to see the rest of your pictures and hear the stories. It sounds like you met some nice people and had some good experiences in your travels. That's great.

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