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Modern, native, and at the same time so unrecognizable Kiev. Recent May trip to Kiev.

Posted on: May 27, 2013 by Nataliya Volosovych | No Comments
To be an expat is an exciting way of life that has, like everything else, its side effects. In my case I see and feel these side effects when I am going to my native town in Ukraine – Kiev. When I left it many years ago, I thought I knew it inside out and it always will stay this way. However, as all the big cities of the world, Kiev is ever-changing creature that is unrecognizable each time I am coming back… It is sad on one side that I am a “fake” Kievite now (I am asking for directions and don’t know names of the streets anymore) but at the same time it’s exciting to see my city grow and modernize.
The historical part of Kiev is all about monuments, some dated back to Kievan Rus, and are more of religious character. I always take photos of beloved St. Sofia Cathedral, renewed St. Michael Monastery, and St. Andrew’s Church. This time around I visited a newly-built memorial park next to Azerbaijani embassy with unbelievably beautiful cascading fountain in the form of a carpet. It is all  made of small pieces of mosaic. Very impressive, and the place itself is nice to visit, sit, and relax. As always in my country, everything is under cameras’ supervision so no one is taking some plants or parts of the equipment home 🙂
And then there is this a bit enigmatic place for me. Located at the foot of the hill where St. Andrew’s church is, it is historically called Gonchary-Kozhemyaki, or the new name of this development is Vozdvizhenka. They started to build Vozdvizhenka in the beginning of 2000 and imaging that – it is still not finished and what is finished – not populated… It is the majority that is completed… My question is why people don’t live there?! It is like a beautiful ghost town! It didn’t take me long to find an answer by searching the mighty Internet – it is the place for millionaires who want to experience some Ukrainian extreme service and quality of building materials. You can buy a place here – 1 sq m will cost you from $ 3 500 and for this price you will get old piping that is not working for the most part, cheap building materials that deteriorate super fast, flooded basements, etc., etc., etc… How sad…    
And my last photo of this article is about Christian Orthodox Easter that this year was later, on the 5th of May. We had a warm family gathering with tons of food and sweets. This is our traditional Eater cake and painted eggs.   

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  1. Jana — May 27, 2013 at 15:41

    fantastic! I love your shots…and I think I love Kiev…so many happy colours!

  2. Anonymous — May 27, 2013 at 15:42

    Киев просто великолепный. Я тоже ходила в мае по тем же самым улочкам и восхищалась красоте и спокойствию большого города. Как то даже странно, идешь по подолу, суета, шум, машины, люди… Поворачиваешь буквально за угол, и вдруг идилия 🙂
    Анна Олешко

  3. Helen Sudak — May 27, 2013 at 19:09

    Натали, шикарные фото!!! Просмотрела и поняла, что давно у меня не было пеших вояжей по родному городу, буду наверстывать упущенное)))Спасибо!

  4. — May 27, 2013 at 19:11

    Jana, thank you very much for such positive comment! I hope one day you can visit Kiev!

  5. — May 27, 2013 at 19:13

    Анна, да, город большой и такой разнообразный. Где знакомый, а где совершенно новый для меня. Там мы с тобой почти в одно время были на Родине 🙂

  6. — May 27, 2013 at 19:15

    Спасибо Лена за комплимент! Ходи, выбирайся, дыши большим городом, только не в час пик 🙂 А то больше не захочется 🙂

  7. economistUS — May 30, 2013 at 05:35

    what I liked this time we visited Kiev was the feeling of energy of a large city. We definitely lacked it in South Florida living in a small village at the beach. Now we are in Rotterdam with 600+ thousand people. But still I felt much more speed in Kiev with its hectic subway, streets, new shopping malls. But foremost I saw so many young people and students, happy despite all hardships we hear from TV. That was so nice to be at Podol next to my alma mater, Mogilianka!


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