last week I stayed in Kiev for 5 days. While in western Europe the summer was already ruling, in Kiev the temperatures dropped to nearly zero. On Thursday the 3rd there was even snow falling in the morning. But this City has so much to warm you up - you can visit the opera, the cheapest seats go for 30 Uah-thats about 4,50€ . Culture for the people, a leftover from old communist times, very appreciated. You can see the Ukrainian state ballet and fabulous artists singers, maybe not wellknown in Germany but real first class in their kind.
On the 1st of may Kiev was on the move, flags where waving everywhere, but not in a way of revolts that some may have the impression when hearing about Ukraine today. Instead it was more like a celebration of old times, red flags showing the pride on things that happened long ago. if you want to see some pics of this I´d want you to point to my flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/hartblei/ . there is also a hartblei group on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/groups/hartblei/ everybody with a hartblei lens is invited to post your pics there.
Greetings from Munich