Hospitality Kyiv style
I have been in Kyiv since 02/04 and spent most of my days and nights "out and about". The places to eat as well as the places to play have been straight forward and very accommodating to someone with little/no local language skills. The best example of the type of service to expect was recently offered in a night spot called DINOs. I asked the waitress to buy a table a round of drinks and she brought me a menu to show me what the prices would be. If I had done the same thing in a club in Bucharest it would have resulted in a bill accompanied by two strong armed Goons in the amount of $300-$500. If there are any tourist traps in Kyiv I haven't found them and they are probably few and far between.
PS: Sorry but DINO'S was bought out and is closed.
So little for so much
The Beverly Hills (Ladies only)and Playmate Clubs are part of a rather nice American Steak House named SOHO. The clubs are similar to the Chipendales in the US and the other, what Americans call a "Gentlemen's Club" A group visiting Kyiv had dinner at SOHO and decided on a few drinks at Playmate. I was later told that there was a $10 cover and that a 100ml of Brandy was $30-$40 and that a small basket of chocolates was $30. In addition, there was an "mistake" on the bill which was an additional $40 drink. When called on the mistake it was removed. This place is trying to be something that it will never achieve and that is a classy cocktail lounge. I have rated SOHO in a separate writeup as a good place for those who must eat American or a place for a business lunch/dinner. I will still go with that rating but given the report I got on the other places in the restaurant complex, beware and even better stay out.
Unique Suggestions: Ask for a menu each time you order something and check your bill carefully.
Fun Alternatives: Sorry but a great alternative was a place called Dino but it has closed.
Tour in Kiev
Kiev is an immense city, and, in spite of its subway, very efficient and the numerous buses (too numerous so that a stranger recovers himself of it), it is not always easy to visit all monuments.
If you understand a little Russian (and even though you don't understand, you will see all the same), of the visits of Kiev by buses are organized every day. At present, it doesn't exist, on board of these buses of simultaneous translation system, but it would not know how to linger.
Unique Suggestions: The tour of the city begins the central station, pass before the botanical garden, the park Taras Chevtchenko and the university, the bourgeois districts and the odd houses, the golden gate, the St.-Sophie cathedral, the Podol, the St.-Catherin monastery, the strands of the Dniepr, the monastery of Kyiv-Perchersk Lavra and return on Khreschatyk.
Fun Alternatives: The buses leave regularly, every day since the central station (Voksal) and the visit guided by a very competent guide, only cost 10 Hvrinas.
- Historical Travel
- Casino and Gambling
- Budget Travel
Welcome Forest Fiesta!
Every June end hundreds peoples meet in beautiful forest clearing between Boyarka, Maliutinka and Zabirja willages for Forest Fiesta Country Songs Festival.
Unique Suggestions: You can khow more from Maryna Kramar firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun Alternatives: This plase is near a god road to Zabirja village, where a lot of transportation are running.
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
An important problem, for the traveler who decides to go in the countries of Europe of the East can meet, it is the one of the language.
Unique Suggestions: Few Russian or of Ukrainian, in the street, understand English. Some interpreters exist, but it often looks like the con. A real interpreter will be capable to translate a current conversation, without the help of no dictionary, and won't ask you anymore for 10 $per hour.
For those and those that foresee a travel, it is important to prepare itself a kid memory with expressions that can help you.
Fun Alternatives: To prepare your travel or to help you to prepare some small essential sentences, the VT prepares a free translator on Internet to this address:
- Work Abroad
- Study Abroad
Ukrainian museum of country architecture...
Around this museum in Pyrogiv village, are situated:
- Feofanija spot with beautiful cathedral;
- Golosijiv forest with beautiful churches and lakes,
Unique Suggestions: After going to forest it is needful to buy a map and a compass.
Fun Alternatives: It exist enough of urban transport here.
In the city centre the rate is quite high, you can easily change money there.
But remember that they are not 24-hours open, so you may face difficulties with currency exchange in the evening, in particular after 8pm.
Unique Suggestions: The best way is to change money earlier :)
Fun Alternatives: You can exchange money in hotels but the rate won't be favourable for you.
Usual practice everywhere
Not a tourist trap at all.The...
Not a tourist trap at all.The KRYSCHATYK(Ive seen several spellings) is Kiev's main street...in the daytime its bustling with commerce and sidewalk cafe's and at night its a good choice for nightlife at a number of the local hotels and restaraunts along the way.
I found Ukranian people mannerly almost to a fault.(If thats even possible)It was quite customary for me to bring a gift when invited to dinner.I usually chose chocolates but I am sure wine is appropriate in many cases.
There was one saying I always heard when leaving that has stuck with me ever since..it went something like..'I apologise if anything that was said or done, while in my house ..,offended you' WOW...how many times I wish Id said that upon leaving a friends home in the USA...maybe I should end every VT page that way.
Ok, posing for pictures with...
Ok, posing for pictures with the bald-headed mannequin is a over the top but seemed like fun at the time.