Old, cute, kitschy, cool

This week I’ve been exploring the weird and wonderful world that is Kyiv‘s left bank. Like many foreigners here, I have to admit I spend way too much time in the city centre and view the left bank with a certain amount of suspicion and intrigue. So, on Thursday I joined a mini tour of…

As beautiful as a pysanka

‘The world is as fragile as an egg and as beautiful as a pysanka’ A few weeks before Easter, I walked out of the metro near my house and noticed a group of Babushkas crowded around a woman who was demonstrating a new gadget. While they maintained their cool-but-unforgiving ‘tough-guy’ stances (as all babushkas seem…

City Guide: Mykolayiv

A native’s guide to Mykolayiv By Sergiy Prokhorov Almost each city in Ukraine is beautiful and worth visiting. Mykolayiv is not an exception, and being originally from this city – I know what I am talking about. Believe me it is the town you will remember after one single day and if you spend there…

Museum of… toilets

I’m serious. It’s not a joke, Ukraine (Kyiv) actually has a museum of the history of the toilet!   …or lavatory, crapper, throne, bog, thunder-box, or whatever you want to call it. Allegedly (and quite believably) it is the first toilet museum in Europe. I haven’t visited yet, but I most definitely will and according to its…

State Air Museum

Have you every wanted to see a MiG-28 do a 4G negative dive? Well, you can’t because MiG 28’s don’t exist. However, the State Air Museum of Ukraine does and it is paradise for Top Gun movie fans, plane enthusiasts, and everyone else in Kiev with some time to kill. The museum is actually located on the same…