Upon arrival Kiev welcomed us with a museum of airplanes. While our plane was moving towards the terminal we passed many preserved old airplanes. We didn’t have our cameras because of the security measures, so you’d have to take our word for it.✈✈✈
We tried to take a cheap taxi from the airport but in the end we were forced to agree with a three times higher fee. Never take a taxi in front of the airport. We were naïve, but everything worked out when we reached the place where we were going to sleep. It was in the city center, the subway takes you anywhere and it is several minutes on foot away from the main street Khreshchatyk.
That is where we went for our first stroll. It was closed off for cars and we had fun walking between the buildings, called modern plattenbaus, even though they aren’t actually plattenbaus. All kinds of street magicians, beer wagons, music and joyous voices cut through the heated air and the last sunrays. There were ice-cream stalls every few meters but it still was hot. So hot that only the occasional drafts and the fountains you could enter could compensate.
We hydrated with a beer under the sound of saxophone. After climbing several hills we arrived at the parliament, overlooking Dnieper River. The idea of topographical tourist maps occurred to us here…
Kiev has beautiful churches, cathedrals, monasteries. Blue, green, emerald, golden – there are the colors that we’ll remember Kiev in the summer by. The heat didn’t stop us from visiting the more famous buildings, neither did the claustrophobia stop us from entering the caves in Kiev Pechersk Lavra. There was a strict dress code for most of them, with which we respected the church. It’s not that we like wearing head-cloths at temperatures of 40°C. The dead bodies of the saints were better dressed, but well-preserved in the underground conditions.
Did we get lost again in Kiev?
The harps in the church yard were playing. On the main street Marti had the opportunity to show her talent as a pianist.
Things like this, the little things delighted us, despite the scorching weather. My happiest afternoon was when we walked on an authentic street towards my favorite church – bright blue with emerald green and gold edges. Behind it the clouds spoke of upcoming rain. Just as we started descending it became clear that we’d have to take shelter from the rain in Hakuna Matata (that’s how I remember it). It’s a place where you can try all kinds of local delicacies for almost free.
Heat or not – we have to eat. Vareniki (nom-nom) filled with all kinds of things or the perfect breakfast chebureki. They go well with beer or white wine. Culinary surprises came from left and right!
To escape the heat in Kiev you can hide in many parks and several lush green islands in the river.
People went to the beaches, some even swam against the current. Hydropark Island attracted many with its shade, beer and grill. There is a small landscape-recreational park where great parties are organized, at least the shoreline is wide enough for everybody. We didn’t try whether the water of Dnieper is clean enough, unlike many people who were swimming.
All kinds of water fun! We didn’t come around to experiencing the above, but we managed to try an even more adventurous sport – a visit to Chernobyl.
Kiev is a smiling and welcoming city! We hope to go back there so it would greet us the same way and leave us with warm (even hot) memories and emotions! ⛪🏖🌇⛪🏖🌇⛪🏖🌇⛪🏖🌇⛪🏖🌇
This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.
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