Kiev or Kyiv
Київ - Ukrainian
Киев - Russian
Ukraine - Україна
June 2, 2018
Kiev is a big city. Come stroll with me. Hike, actually.
On my first day, from the Gallery Gintama Hotel, I climb up the steep hill towards the enormous, gold-domed, blue St. Michael’s Monastery.
In St. Sophia Square I spot a monument to Princess Olga, a demure wife and mother who became a vicious and vengeful ruler. Nearby, a monument to Bohdan Khmelinytsky dominates the square - a hero to many and a prejudiced and bloody villian to others.
In the square, I chance upon a large demonstration. Many children are in attendance along with their parents, grandparents and clergy. What is the occasion?