Walk Till You Drop

Trip Start Oct 11, 2011
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Trip End Oct 31, 2011


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

So I started out the day on a mission to change currency.  The previous two weeks saw Ukraine completely change it's foreign currency situation in an effort to curb the black market currency exchange. The new legislation required money changers to have a special certificate in order to change currency, as a result, even most banks still did not have the systems in place.  I walked eastwards from the hostel down Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd and after two unsuccessful trys found a branch of the National bank that was able to change my money. 
Stopping briefly at Peremohy Square to admire, not only the soviet architecture and war memorial obelisk, but also, the archaic above ground transit system, which seemed vaguely reminiscent of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four
I continued on towards the city's Zoo Park and then across the street to visit the Museum and Political Institute of Ukraine.  Around noon, i found myself amongst a political ceremony, attended by all the young military cadets.  After a short take in of the ceremony i continued onward through the busy streets and parks along the boulevard.  As i headed towards the war memorial park i decided that it would be smarter to head back towards the hostel, as my feet had begun to ache. 
Reaching the hostel, after seven hours on foot, i decided a nap was in order before i eat and begin a night tour of some of the nearby monuments. 
Dinner was at what would come to be "the usual place" and i inadvertently ordered some amazing perogies and a fried chicken breast. 
I spent the night heading north from the hostel to visit the Tarasa Hryhorovycha Shevchenka park and the Opera House.  Once reaching the point of dead camera batteries, i headed back and set the alarm for 6am, which would come to be the norm at the hostel as it was the best way to get a hot shower without waiting in line and the ability to brew a cup of coffee as strong as you'd like.

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