As third attempts go this one, my third attempt to go to Kiev, was looking to be a failure. There were many things going wrong to from the very start of the trip. First, my flight was delayed in the USA and then my cell phone did not work in Germany. Noteworthy: It is odd to have both of these occur on the same day. However, by the time I landed in Kiev all was fine. I have to admit I am a bit tired, well more than that and I feel as if I have walked about six total hours tonight. I ended up exploring several sites: Independence Square, Khreshchatyk Street in general and the waterfront to end my day.
I am more than fortunate to say that I have been to the fatherland and motherland as they say of my grand parents and with Kiev I have now been to every country that my grand parents originated. Now – I suppose this is not such an accomplishment if your grand parents were both from one “Homeland” and in this small world it is OK to have a homeland. So – I have now been to all the countries of my forefathers; Lithuania, Ukraine, and Italy. I am pretty much a mutt I think and while I feel most at home in Vilnius this country seems the most foreign to me, however I should add with nice and welcoming people.
I sometimes judge places by how well I can blend and yesterday I did not feel as If I blended at all but yet I had several people stop me for directions! This is odd and not because I was of course lost but because they could not see that I was lost! So I suppose I blended enough or at least I appeared to blend. I have the weekend in Kiev and then back to the grind in the states. Weather is perfect today so there should be many great tours and pictures.
– and yes, I have gone deeper into the locations previous: like greece, naples, and sicily… Just covering all bases, additionally I understand one family member disputes the borders of villages etc in Ukraine, I choose to not get into the weeds as I am happy with my data!