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Cheap Thrills in Kiev Ukraine

A never-ending nightlife and an excellent exchange rate makes for an incredible weekend in Kiev Ukraine

It’s chilly in Eastern Europe and even in March you gotta bundle up to head out and about… that is if you can wake up at a respectable hour after partying all night in one of Kiev’s word-famous nightclubs.

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First and foremost, if you go to Eastern Europe you must visit Kiev along the way. Yes it’s cold, yes it’s probably gray and yes, it can get quite depressing… but the nightlife, favorable exchange rate and fun things to do make the trek absolutely worthwhile. Traveling to Kiev from Tel Aviv, Israel, the weather may have been the biggest adjustment but the charm and allure of the historical Ukrainian capital in encapsulating. Start your trip the right way – McDonald’s coffee and, with an exchange rate of 20-to-1, this cost about $4 USD:

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10 coffees, a McSomething meal, roughly $4 USD

And now you’re ready to rock n’ roll through the capital of Ukraine…

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Any good day trip through Kiev starts at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), famous for many reasons but most recently as the hub of the anti-government and anti-corruption protests which led tot he 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. The plaza of Maidan Nezalezhnosti still has burn marks from tires and other objects set ablaze while snipers shot at demonstrators from the nearby rooftops. The Revolution led to the ousting of then-president Viktor Yanukovych.

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The President’s House, seen from Independence Square

After the powerful Independence Square, it quickly dawned on me that the only language spoken on the streets of Kiev is Russian. The similar-but-different Ukrainian tongue is spoken as you travel further west towards Europe but it’s clearly apparent that Russian influence still reigns heavy on a country that is now starting to lean towards the EU and away from “Mother Russia.” But I digress… Here’s Khreshchatyk Street which is packed with souvenir shops, historical buildings (feels like walking through an old World War I film) and plenty of monuments.

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We walked about 15 minutes through light rain to St. Sophia’s Cathedral, the city’s oldest church. Built in 1017, the UNESCO world heritage site runs about $3 to enter and you can climb the sketchy 200-foot bell tower for a great view of the city. The open-air design means you walk up windy and slippery narrow steps to the very top. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

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St. Sophia’s Cathedral in downtown Kiev
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Plaza outside of St. Sophia’s Cathedral
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St. Michael’s Cathedral down the road

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St. Sophia’s Cathedral features original mosaic flooring and tapestries from over 1,000 years ago. Museum exhibits and more are worth a gander to escape the rain and just five minutes down the road is the St. Michael’s Cathedral, also worth a quick trip to catch a bit of Ukrainian religious history.

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Putin not trending well at the moment…

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Panhandlers clip pigeon’s/dove’s wings and charge tourists to ‘wear’ them for a photo
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Hot coffee-to-go? Yes please!

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One of Kiev’s many Cathedrals

I’ll be back with tips for Kiev’s night life!

For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to Kiev, Ukraine: Click Here

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