[Kyiv Views]

[Kyiv Views]

Since I do not feel like writing anything smart or witty right now (odd day at work), I will just share a few pictures from the usual days of Kyiv life.

This picture below is the old downtown (the cultural one) called Podol. The street that I was walking down when I took this picture is called Vladimir’s descent and this is the road the Slavic people were marched down to the Dnieper river to be baptized back in 988AD.

This is a view from the Vladimir’s hill on Easter morning (before the sunrise, around 5:30AM) last Sunday. All the bridges are lit up and it creates great reflections on the water of the river.

The sunrise on Easter Sonday. It was quite an experience. In 15 years that we have been gathering together at this Vladimir’s Hill, we never had rain on Easter morning. This Easter, we got out from the bus and realized that it is raining. “Bummer” we thought since sunrise service without a sunrise… is not as fun.

When we came to the gazebo, we saw that there is a little tiny clear line between the gloomy and sad rain clouds and the horizon. As we stood under the dripping rain watching the skyline, someone said loudly, “Hey, LOOK! There is the Sun!”

Indeed, the Sun was majestically rising. It was amazing – on one hand, the rain did not stop, on the other – the Sun was shining! It was an amazing experience. As I watched that nature play, I thought that sometimes our lives are just like that – we might be experiencing some trials, but if we only look to the horizon, we will see the Sun shining, bring with it a hope of tomorrow.

  • 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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