Kiev, Ukraine - Painted Eggs
Warm weather, AKs and beautiful women… that is what this country is made of.
We spent the first 5 days of our trip enjoying the Ukrainian precursor to Russia. The weather was warm and sunny which made it easy to wander the streets and view the old orthodox churches mixes with the cement communist buildings. A walking tour took us around the town and gave us a glimpse of the history as well as the amazing looking women that seem to be found all over (Jam!). We rounded off the day by attending the Opera, Aida for $2.50 Canadian which is hard enough to understand in English let alone Italian with Ukrainian subtitles.
The next day consisted of being guided out of the city by two British brothers Henry and George to try our hand at firearms. We all shot the AK47’s and dragonov sniper rifles, and most of us surprisingly hit the target. Large firearms were not the only thing that the shooting range had to offer, you could also try hand guns, drive tanks and take pony rides. We rounded out the day by drinking homemade cherry vodka and dancing at a Ukrainian gay club with our new friend Greg.
Our last day we headed north on a full day tour of Chernobyl and the surrounding area. Although we were a large group it still didnt make the sombre experience of a ghost town any less moving. The pictures of deserted buildings and overgrown yards along with the geiger counter beeping slower or faster depending on how high the radiation levels are. Hopefully the pictures to follow can show the details of what we saw.
Next stop St. Petersburg!
At last! I have finally posted pictures of all the traveling I have done since 2005 beginning with my first trip to Nicaragua. I leave today on a four month adventure to Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia and India. The five of us will set out from Toronto, and plan to spend the next 5 weeks crossing the world’s largest country by train. Our first stop is in Kiev, Ukraine and we will end in Ulaan Batar, Mongolia. From there we part ways and I am setting out solo to complete an internship in Jaipur, India for 2 months. I will spend the last month with my roommate backpacking around Northern India. It is going to be a wild summer and hopefully I can update you with stories and pictures along the way.