The country that totally disappointed me – Unfortunately! The next day, on March 2nd, 2017, we landed at 8 o’clock in the morning in Kiev, Ukraine. A shuttle bus was ready for the trip to the city. With the shuttle bus we planned on going to the city centre, but to our regret, we didn’t end up in the centre. We also had to use the subway to really get to the centre. After we wanted to inquire at the counter, where or which subway we have to take – came the first shock! There were about 40 counters open none; really none of them couldn’t speak a single word English. With gestures and facial expressions we have tried to describe our situation, but we were always rejected or even ignored. The employees have just ignored us brutally.
Then we approached a soldier standing guard there – even he couldn’t speak a word of English – at least with his hands he showed us a direction to any hall where we finally found our saviour. After a good half hour, a young man spoke to us in English and asked us where we wanted to go. After the situation was clarified, he took us to the subway station and explained everything nicely and even wanted to pay for our tickets – exceptionally helpful – of course we refused. He asked what we were looking for in Kiev. When we told him that we wanted to visit the city, he looked us wide-eyed and said “visit Kyiv?”, We just had to laugh!
In general, we had no problem at all with the money in Kiev, because the euro was really good. When we finally arrived in the centre, the second shock came! Street men with monkeys in their hands forced me to take pictures with the monkeys and in retrospect they demanded money from me. If it were voluntary, I wouldn’t complain, but I don’t think it’s okay to oust people. After that we had breakfast in Mc Donald’s.
The city was still in a large construction site, but I can well imagine that especially the centre could be very nice. Unfortunately, tourism isn’t very important there. This is probably related to the fact that the country is at war. The city has very beautiful buildings, for example, the architecture of the Sophia Cathedral fascinated me – a real eye-catcher. There were a lot of stands with different items for sale. A stand caught our attention; on toilet rolls the picture of Russian President Putin had been printed. Until then, we
honestly didn’t know anything about the confrontation with him. Unfortunately, in the 8 hours in Kiev, we didn’t see much and didn’t have much experience to report to you. Relatively early we drove back to the airport and got a good meal there. Without an overnight stay we flew back in the evening.
Last but not least, I would like to apologize to my Ukrainian friends, but these were my accumulated experiences in Kiev. On this site I want to share my experiences honestly and openly and I don’t want to lie to anyone. Day 3 of our trip will take place next week. It’s a country that blew me away.
- Sophia Cathedral
- Lyadsky gate
- Maidan Nezalezhnosti
- Halereya Buttya
- St. Michaelskloster
- Globus Mall