Dating 3 months now what
My intention was to spend a few days in the city, and then go on a long trip back to Rome, through Eastern Europe, via trains and buses.During those two weeks, I never left a two-mile radius in the old city.Leaning too far one way could bring the weight of the other side crashing down on top of it.But enough of the cliché geopolitical ranting; let me try another way of explaining this place.I chalked my confusion up to one of the differences in perspective, like in the language.As a hawk flies high above, tracing the river’s flow from north to south, it sees the right bank from the opposite perspective, and therefore the right bank is associated with the flow of the river.I felt Kyiv in the massive art installations in old buildings all over the city.
There is a “bitcoin embassy” in the small park inside the roundabout.I saw layers of stories beneath the rocks—of war, of blood, of euphoria, of joy, of architecture, of breakups, of love—each force never lasting long enough to create a one-dimensional identity, but long enough to make the city into what it is today.The locals will talk to you about the right and left banks of the city.A little further on, there is a French café with world-class croissants that would rival any made in Paris or Montreal. A large, pink snail-on-wheels houses a takeout coffee/tea operation next to the sidewalk.Babooshkas/dedushkas (old women/men) sell pickled vegetables and fruit on the streets. A large percentage of the “babooshka/dedushka generation” embody Soviet times.
The ideology of swinging between the extremes is baked into the psychology of the Ukrainian people, and everything here seems to function in the ways of the banya.