[Kyiv Views]

Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • Those pics are stunning…

    • take your family and come for a visit sometime 🙂

  • Wow, makes me miss Kyiv! We called it Andreyevskee's Spoosk…or is this a different hill/spoosk? Hey Zee, once you got going, you started to write anyway.

    • nope, it's a different one. Andreevskiy is a bit further down the street and to the left. this is the descent that went from the Rainbow monument and down to Podol.

      yeah, i guess the writer in me cannot really give up writing, even on the bad days 😀

  • Thanks for giving me a little glimpse into your world my new friend. How big is Kyiv? This will sound stupid but is it a different spelling for Kiev or is it a whole 'nother city? Totally enjoyed this.

    • 😉 you're welcome!

      Kyiv is the Ukrainian (hence supposedly more correct) name for the city, Kiev is more widely known because that's the Russian name and since Ukraine was in USSR for quite some time, "Kiev" became a more popular version. It is the same city, you are right.

      Kyiv is pretty big – about 4 million people during the night – during the day a lot of people from the towns nearby come to Kyiv for work.

  • 4 million! WOW! What is the commerce (if I may ask)? Sorry if I am seen as being nosy. 🙂

    • yeah, it's a pretty big city, like i said 😀

      commerce? what do you mean?

      (no, you're not being nosy :))

  • What draws people to the city? You say 4 million at night but more during the day.

    • ah, in that sense 🙂 (i was a bit confused since i work at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, and that's why the word commerce kind of meant many things 🙂 )

      basically, work. all kinds of it. Ukraine is a great country, but the management isn't too good. most of the land is used for the wheat (and other grains) fields (Ukraine's called "The Breadbasket of Europe") and so a lot of people are involved into agrarian area.

      however, that does not pay much these days, so they congregate around big cities (like Kyiv, Kharkov, Odessa, Lvov, and other) to find a decent job to provide for their families. for example, at my work, out of 27 people i would say half of them aren't from Kyiv originally (some even commute every day from the nearby towns)

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