Kiev Journals

Transport, restaurants and football in Kiev

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A travel journal to Kiev by dangaroo

Statue in Maidan Photo, Kiev, Ukraine More Photos
Quote: Two stories about travelling to and from Kiev and a look at some of the culinary options as well as the country's national stadium

Maidan - Kiev's centre piece

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Statue in Maidan Photo, Kiev, Ukraine
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It took me a long time to visit Ukraine's capital Kiev, something I always wanted to do, I'd never really found the time for it. I'd headed there without reading a great deal about sights or things to do, I just planned to figure it out when I got there.After walking up Khreshchatyk, a long thoroughfare which is Kiev's most expensive street and in the Top 20 most expensive streets in Europe, I entered a pedestrianised area which had been made the designated fan zone. Like Khreshchatyk, the area was heavily destroyed during WW2 and the architecture is from the early 50s but looks regal, all the same.During Euro 2012, various areas sold beer and Swedes and English milled around i...Read More
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Going to Ukraine for Euro 2012, I was surprised by certain changes from previous visits and there was a distinct difference at the border. There was a real international make up when it came to the passengers on the Warsaw bus and having been ushered to the front of the queue, the Polish border guards took the passports and quickly gave them back, the Ukrainians, who had been brought up to break passengers by the art of staring, gave stern looks to each and every passenger, looking for the slightest wiggle of suspicious ear. Polish, Ukrainians, Brits, Americans and Germans are common place on this border, the Swedes - also in their droves in campervans in the adjacent queue were to be expected but the...Read More
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Less than a month before going to Kiev to watch the football, I'd been stranded in the northern Greek town of Florina and had sworn to myself that I'd never hitch hike again. Here I was though, having been easily convinced by a friend who cared to make her hitch hiking debut. Perhaps I would have been harder to convince had it not been in Ukraine and Poland, two countries that I have quite a lot of hitching experience in and had nothing but pleasurable experiences. HitchWiki is a mine of information, written by hitchhikers for hitchhikers, it tells you how best to exit a city and where best to wait, with no prior knowledge of Kiev, I used it to find the way out of the city and trusted it....Read More

Olympic National Sports Complex

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Attraction | "Fantastic Euro 2012 fun"

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Having lived in Warsaw, Poland for 7 years, I've visited neighbouring Ukraine several times but had never made it to the capital until Euro 2012 took place and I successfully scored tickets to the England v Sweden game in the brand new Olimpiyskiy Stadium. The last football game I'd seen was Boston United in a pre-season friendly against Nottingham Forest and I was hoping that the footballing skills on show would surpass that in this international group stage game. The match was fantastic but it wouldn't have been quite so good, if it wasn't for the fantastic experience I had at the stadium.Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium is very central, it has it's own metro station (Olimpiiska) which they in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2012

Olympic National Sports Complex
Cherepanov Hill
Pechersk Raion, Kiev, Ukraine

Puchata Hata

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Restaurant | "Fatten yourself up!"

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Dotted throughout the big Ukrainian cities, you'll spot a chain of restaurants with a modernised form of an old fashioned traditional Ukrainian restaurant. The English version of the website may not give you the best first impressions but it's well worth going to. This chain can be found throughout the country, there are 12 in Kiev alone. Employees wear traditional costume and the interiors usually feature wood and fountains. Two or three levels high, these restaurants are able to cater to the masses and indeed they do. My Couchsurfing host Stanislav explained to us that shopping in Kiev is expensive and unless you want to go around the various outdoor markets cooking can be rather pricey...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2012

Puchata Hata

Kiev, Ukraine