Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kiev, Ukraine

Maidan (Independence) Square, Kiev
Kiev Pechersk Lavra (or Kiev Monastery of the Caves) with Motherland Statue in distance 
Cathedral of the Dormition, Kiev
Bree fitting in within the monastery

Mother Motherland Stature, Kiev

Our only regret is that we didn't spend more time in Kiev. We thought this would be our first challenge with Cyrillic, but Kiev has a surprising amount of English signage. We barely scratched the surface of the sights, although Matt was excited to see some soviet era war machines (G.I. Joe has that strong a hold all these years later).

Mini Hostel Kiev was clean and intimate, and featured the kind of gregarious host you both hope for and fear in a hostel. Joachim provided sage travel advice, as well as shots of vodka, and corralled our crew of German, Dutch, Finnish, Kergyz and American travelers out to a Ukrainian bar. Social coordinator and guidance counsellor all in one.

- Bree