Kiev / Kiiev

The decision to visit Kiev, Ukraine was quite random. I was bored and just checking the flights when I saw cheap tickets to Kiev. Less than hour later I had bought the tickets already.  Even though Ukraine hasn’t been on top of my list of countries I want to visit, I am really glad I decided to visit. The reactions from my friends were different when they heard I am going to Kiev. Some of them said it is a really good idea, Kiev is really cool and nice and cheap. The other side of people were surprised and asked me why do I want to visit Kiev from all the possible places I could go.

Minu mõte minna Kiievisse, Ukrainasse, tuli täiesti juhuslikult. Niisama igavusest vaatasin lennupileteid. Tund aega peale odavate Kiievi lennupiltetite nägemist, olid need mul juba ostetud. Hoolimata sellest, et Kiiev ei ole olnud minu külastatavate riikide tabeli tipus, on mul on väga hea meel, et siiski otsustasin sinna minna. Ma sain väga erinevate reaktsioonide osaliseks, kui teatasin oma sõpradele, et lähen Kiievisse. Pooled inimesed kiitsid selle heaks, et Kiiev on nii äge, ilus ja odav, teine pool inimesi oli imestunud, et miks kõikidest võimalikest kohtadest just nimelt Kiievi valisin.

ASEE6396Kiev or Kyiv is the capital city of Ukraine. The population of Kiev is about 2,935,239 people which makes Kiev the 7th most populous city in Europe. The area is 839km². Kiev’s city center is rather small and very walkable. I do recommend to wear comfortable shoes because there are many hills and observation decks around the city. It is possible to get different panoramic views for free and visit observation decks with fee. My favorites were the one next to Friendship of Nations Arch monument and on top of the Castle Hill.

Kiiev on Ukraina pealinn. Kiievis elab umbes 2 935 239 inimest, mis teeb sellest seitsmenda kõige suurema rahvaarvuga linna Euroopas. Kiievi pindala on 839km². Kiievi kesklinn on pigem väike ja jalutades jõuab igale poole. Ma soovitan kindlasti kanda mugavaid jalanõusid, sest linnas on mitmeid künkaid ja vaateplatvorme. Seal on mitmeid tasuta ja väikese tasu eest pakutavaid erineva panoraamvaatega kohti. Minu lemmikuteks vaatekohtadeks olid Rahvaste sõpruse monumendi kõrval olev vaateplatvorm ja Castle Hill mägi.

ATDK3618DZAQ1280HDUO5086YCKP4118QWRY1040WDHG7651VDFS5034My trip to Kiev offered more emotions than my previous trips. Everything was there so similar and so different at the same time. All my last trips have been to big modern metropolises. I found so many nostalgic things for myself in Kiev. Even just the bus ride from the airport to the city center offered me so many positive emotions. The bus to the city center leaves right in front of the airport. The trips takes approximately 25 minutes and costs 0,21 euro cents. The bus is really old, there are wholes between the windows and walls. The bus also makes quite awful noise. There are only few seats so most of the people have to stand. If the bus gets crowded people pass the money as baton in running via strangers to the driver. The driver passes the change the same way back to the customers. If someone of the customers sits on the place where normally people put their money, then s/he is the one who “deals with the ticket money” 😀 The bus driver trusts people. When the bus driver was smoking outside people just stepped inside and left the money there. You don’t get any ticket so no one actually controls whether you have paid or not. Bus stops for people who show with their hand they want to take this bus even when it is not in the real bus stop yet or have left it already. No one has to miss the bus just because they were few seconds late, as it often happens in Tallinn.

Minu reis Kiievisse oli minu senistest reisidest kõige rohkem emotsioone pakkuv. See kõik oli seal nii sarnane samas niivõrd erinev. Minu viimased reisid on kõik olnud modernsetesse suurlinnadesse. Kiievis tekitasid nii paljud asjad nostalgilisi emotsioone. Isegi tavaline bussisõit lennujaamast kesklinna pakkus mulle nii palju positiivseid emotsioone. Bussipeatus on kohe lennujaama ees ja sõit võtab aega umbes 25 minutit ning maksab 0,21 eurosenti. Bussid on muidugi väga vanad, akna ja seina vahel on suured augud. Muidugi teeb buss ka koledat häält 😀 Bussis on mõned üksikud istmed, seega peavad enamus inimesi püsti seisma. Kui buss on rahvast täis, siis inimesed saadavad piletiraha edasi juhile teatepulgana võõraste inimeste kaugu. Samamoodi saadab bussijuht tagasi ka vahetusraha. Juhul kui keegi reisijatest istub sellele kohale, kuhu tavaliselt piletiraha pannakse, siis see reisija tegeleb piletirahadega 😀 Bussijuht tõesti usaldab oma reisijaid, sest piletiraha ta ei kontrolli kui inimesed sisenevad bussi, samal ajal kui tema väljas suitsetab. Mingit paberist piletit ei anta, seega keegi otseselt isegi ei kontrolli kas pilet on ostetud. Buss peatub kõigile inimestele, kes vaid käega märku annavad, isegi kui buss ei ole veel peatusesse jõudnud või on sellest juba möödas. Kui bussijuht näeb kedagi jooksmas, siis ta ootab inimese ilusti ära. Seega ei jää keegi bussist maha, kui ta jääb mõned sekundid hiljaks, nagu juhtub peaaegu et alati Tallinnas.

IMG_6139IMG_6142Even though there are around 20 million foreign tourists visiting Ukraine every year, the English level of the customer service workers in Kiev is not that good. There are English speaking workers in some of the restaurants, souvenir shops .. I think it may still be hard to travel in Ukraine for people who don’t know the Cyrillic alphabet. Some of the restaurants I looked up before on the Internet and wanted to visit, only had the sign in the Cyrillic alphabet. I had two favorite restaurants and didn’t even want to visit any other places. First one was Pushata Hata, which is like diner. There are many Pushata Hata diners around the city. I visited it in two different locations, in one place there was no one speaking English and in other place there was one. But it is not that bad, even though the menu is in Ukraine, you are able to see all the dishes and can show which one do you want. The prices are really cheap. I had three course lunch with around 3,40 euros. The other place is Katyusha Varenichnaya. You can find this restaurant also from many different location around the city. The waitress didn’t speak English there, but the menu is in English and with photos of all the dishes. This place is a little bit more expensive than the last one. Two courses lunch with freshly squeezed orange juice cost around 5,50 euros. You can find most of the traditional Ukraine dishes from the menu in both restaurants. The food there is amazing! So good! “the most expensive” place where I went was Madame Josy cafe. It is a French style cafe. I spent there for a coffee and a cake around 4,40 euros. At that time there was two workers. Younger woman who didn’t speak English and an older man who did. He came to explain me about all the croissants and cakes they have there. All the sweets were French style, made of French chocolate.  There are so many cute cafes in Kiev, but because of my very short trip I didn’t have time to visit almost any of them.

Isegi kui Ukrainat külastab aastas üle 20 miljoni välisturisti, siis klienditeeninduses töötavate kiievlaste inglise keel ei ole väga kiita. Seal on inglise keelt rääkivaid töölisi mõnedes restoranides, suveniiripoodides jne.. Minu meelest võib olla siiski raske selles riigis reisida inimesel, kes ei tunne kirillitsa kirja. Mitmel toidukohal, mis ma enne Internetist leidsin ja külastada tahtsin, oli silt ainult kirillitsa tähtedes. Minul tekkis kaks lemmik söögikohta, ma peale nende muid restorane enam rohkem ei külastanudki. Esimene Pushata Hata on meie mõistes nagu söökla. Neid toidukohti on üle linna väga mitmeid. Ma külastasin seda kahes erinevas asukohas. Ühes neist ei rääkinud keegi inglise keelt ja teises rääkis üks. Aga sellest pole otseselt väga hullu, sest menüü on küll ainult ukraina keeles, siis kuna tegu on söökla stiilis kohaga, siis sa ise näed vahetult erinavaid sööke ja saad ise valida mida millise lisandiga tahad. Hinnad on väga soodsad. Kolmekäigulise lõuna hinnaks oli umbes 3,40 eurot. Teine koht oli Katyusha Varenichnaya. Selle toidukoha leiab samuti mitmest kohast üle linna. Sealne teenindaja ei rääkinud inglise keelt, kuid menüü oli koos piltidega ja ilusti inglise keelne olemas. See koht on veidi “kallim”, kahekäigulise lõuna hinnaks koos värskelt pressitud apelsinimahlaga oli umbes 5,50 eurot. Mõlemas kohas on menüüs esindatud peaaegu kõik Ukraina traditsioonilised söögid. Ja need on niiii maitsvad. Kõige “kallim” koht kus ma käisin söömas oli Madame Josy kohvik. Tegemist on prantsuse stiilis kohvikuga. Seal läks kohvi ja kook koos maksma umbes 4,40 eurot. Korraga oli tööl kaks teenindajat. Noorem naine ei rääkinud sõnagi inglise keelt. Minu küsimuse peale, kas räägite inglise keelt, tuli leti tagant üks vanemapoolne mees, kes tutvustas mulle inglise keeles kõiki kooke ja saiakesi. Kõik on prantsuse stiilis, prantsuse šokolaadist..  Kiievis on nii palju erinevaid armsaid kohvikuid, kuid minu lühikese reisi tõttu jäid mul peaaegu kõik külastamata. 

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Katyusha Varenichnaya
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Madame Josy

One really interesting place I visited was Kachorovska Store & Cafe. There is a cafe and fancy store two in one. In the store you can find handmade leather bags and shoes.

Üks huvitav koht kus ma käisin oli Kachorovska kohvik/koti- ja kingapood. Seal on kohvik ja uhke pood kaks ühes. Poes müüakse käsitsivalmistatud nahast kotte ja kingi.

IMG_6354In the city center of Kiev there are very pretty buildings. There are many churches and cathedrals in the city. Through the city flows the river Dnepr which has many bridges. The city itself is really controversial place, along with the idyllic parks there are boulevards with heavy traffic, along with the farmers’ marketplaces there are prestigious supermarkets, along with “babushkas” there are oligarchs with fancy SUVs. I was looking for a grocery store and ended up in a mall at Bessarabian quarter. When I entered the mall all I saw were fancy high fashion shops – Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Bvlgari.. I only visited the grocery store there and it had a doorman opening the door for all the customers. The doorman was dressed up as a hotel workers in French movies, fancy vest and hat. In the grocery store they were selling mostly foreign goods. I almost didn’t see local Ukraine products.

Kiievi kesklinnas on väga kaunid hooned. Linnas on palju erinevaid kirikuid ja katerdraale. Läbi linna voolab Dnepri jõgi üle mille on mitmeid sildu. Linn on väga vastuoluline paik, kõrvuti on idüllilised pargid ja autodest pungil kiirteed, tippklassi uhked supermarketid ja talunike turuletid, “babuškad” ja uhkete maasturitega oligarhid. Otsisin toidupoodi ja sattusin kogemata Bessarabian kvartali uhkesse kaubanduskeskusesse. Uksest sisse astudes vaatasid kohe vastu uhked kõrgmoe poed – Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Bvlgari ja teised taolised. Külastasin vaid toidupoodi seal ja toidupoel oli oma uksehoidja, kes avas kõikidele saabuvatele ja lahkuvatele külastajatele ukse. Uksehoidja oli riides nagu filmides Prantsuse hotellides töötajad, uhke vestike ja mütsike. Toidupoes oli müügil ainult uhke välismaa kaup, Ukraina enda kohalikku toodangut ma peaaegu üldse ei näinud. 

PISX3615BDRL1241QJGM9180XWQY1700WRFR5068I went to see a ballet show in Kiev for the second time in my life in the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. The cultural attractions are very affordable in Kiev. The tickets to opera and ballet show are between 1,60-20 euros. You can see the upcoming shows here. I went to see the ballet called “Spartacus”. I thought that everything will be extra fancy, all people dressed up as dolls. I forgot my water bottle in my handbag and was super worried because of it.. and then I saw the woman walking in front of me who had a plastic bag full of cokes and Pepsis. The couple sitting next to me had a small plastic bag full of walnuts. It was like being in a movie theater. People were wearing jeans, sport shoes, backpacks.. The Opera house itself was very pretty with big beautiful chandeliers. Ballet show was really interesting and three hours passed by very fast.

Kiievis käisin ka teist korda elus balletti vaatamas Ukraina Rahvuslikus Ooperi ja Balletiteatris. Ukrainas on kultuuri üritused väga taskukohased. Piletid ooperi või balleti etendusele maskavad 1,60-20 eurot. Kavaga saab tutvuda siin. Mina käisin vaatamas balletti “Spartacus”. Ma arvasin muidugi, et kõik näevad seal nii uhked välja ja üldse on kogu üritus eriti luksuslik. Mul oli jäänud veepudel käekotti ja muretsesin selle pärast, et kas on ikka sobilik nii minna.. ja siis nägin, et minu ees kõndival naisterahval on terve kilekott erinevaid coca colasid ja pepsisid täis. Saalis minu kõrval istuval paaril oli oma kilekotiga kreekapähklid kaasa võetud. Nagu kinos oleks 😀 Riietuse poole pealt ka oli pigem rohkem teksa ja tossu ning seljakotiga inimesi. Ooperimaja ise oli väga ilus suurte lühtritega. Balletietendus oli samuti huvitav ning see kolm tundi läks väga kiirelt.

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LREU5002QKCK2937GXKW2051There are two opportunities visiting the Volodymyrska hill – never ending stairs or funicular. The ride with a funicular costs around 0,25 euro cents. There is a nice panoramic view over Kiev from the top of the hill.

Volodymyrska mäeotsa minekuks on kaks võimalust – lõpmatud trepid või köisraudtee. Köisraudtee sõit maksab umbes 0,25 euro senti. Mäe otsast avaneb panoraamvaade Kiievile.

IMG_6161IMG_6162IMG_6164From the Volodymyrska hill you can easily go to Mikael’s church. Church has a light blue facade and shiny gold domes. It is really nice and photogenic church. Looking around on the grounds is free.

Volodymyrska mäeotsast pääseb lihtsalt ja kiirelt Miikaeli kloostri juurde. Kloostril on helesinine fassaad ja säravad kuldsed kuplid. Tegemist on väga ilusa kloostriga, mis on ka väga fotogeeniline. Kloostrialal ringivaatamine on tasuta.

CHMO1345HTRK7644RGQK6284ESIH4121EBBS7296VBIL2746ODTX5765The oldest church in Kiev is St Sophia and it was built in 1037. Just to enter the grounds costs around 0,60 euro cents and it lets you admire the building from outside. To visit the Clock Tower and the church you will need to pay a bit extra.

Püha Sofia kirik on samuti väga ilus. Pääs kirikuaeda maksab umbes 0,60 euro senti. Selle eest saab hoonet väljast vaadata. Kellatorni ja kirikusse pääsemiseks tuleb eraldi maksta. Kirik on kõige vanem Kiievis, ehitatud juba 1037 aastal. 

BFKJ5337FSNH2031WVWO1740NRHI3179St Andrew’s church which is built in 18th century in Baroque style.

Püha Andrewi kirik mis on 18nda sajandi barokkstiilis kirik. 

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 The last church is on the popular Andriyisvsky Descent. There is a market every day and also the “Master and Margarita” author Mikhail Bulgakov‘s museum and statue.

Viimane kirik asub populaarsel Andriyisvsky tänaval. Andriyisvsky tänaval toimub päevasel ajal laat. Andriyisvsky tänavalt leiab ka “Meister ja margarita” raamatu autori Mikhail Bulgakovi muuseumi ja kuju. 

IMG_6358.JPGOLPM9820Rodina Mat Statue, what is 102 meters tall. The statue is a part of the Second World War museum. What makes visiting this statue extra cool is the fact that you can literally get inside her head. The elevator ride up costs around 6 euros. You can look down at Kiev through her eyes.

Emakese-kodumaa kuju, mis on 102 meetri kõrgune. Kuju kuulub Teise maailmasõja muuseumi koosseisu. Mis teeb selle külastamise eriti ägedaks on see, et külastaja saab minna kuju pea sisse ja vaadata Kiievit kuju silmadest. Liftiga sõit kuju pea sisse maksab umbes 6 eurot. 

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DVRS5129NSGA5874The main square, Freedon square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev is enormous and beautiful. Under the ground there is a shopping mall with many different stores and restaurants/cafes.

Kiievis asuv peaväljak ehk Iseseivusväljak ehk Maidan Nezalezhnosti on suur ja ilus. Maa all asub kaubamaja, kus on erinevad poed ja toitlustuskohad.

IMYA6124VMEB8437Processed with VSCO with c1 presetXKMQ7817UTZT5175LFBA1357LNQN2004One of the biggest parks is Mariyinsky park, where is the Kiev Water Museum, Kiev Academic Puppet Theater, Lover’s Bridge and Mariyinsky Palace. Mariyinsky Palace was designed by the same architect as St Petersburg’s Summer Palace.

Üks suurem parkidest on Mariinsky park, kus asub Kiievi Veemuuseum, Kiievi Akadeemiline Nukuteater, Armastajate sild, Mariyinsky Palee, mis on disainitud sama arhitekti poolt kes lõi Peterburi Suvepalee.

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Lover’s Bridge / Armastajate sild

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Lover’s Bridge / Armastajate sild

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You can find some cool street art in Kiev.

Kiievis leiab ka hulga tänavakunsti.

 

AHOT1413IZPH4672KMTT9060WAGK3337PBPP2273RAPE0221TJPR9773Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to visit the real Landscape Alley park, but I accidentally walked by the children Landscape alley. This children playground was already really cool.

Päris Landscape Alley parki mul polnud aega külastada, küll juhtusin mööda jalutama lastepargist. Juba see lastele mõeldud mänguväljak oli väga äge.

CFBS9790GRSI5413OFEH5416ONUL4061TPIV0218OTSL7164VKKR1442WPXI0821For my accommodation I chose a little bit different place than my typical accommodation. It was labelled as a hotel on booking.com page, however it was more of a hostel. This particular hostel was an old ship, with the entire interior modeled after the interior as if you are travelling the high seas. It is located on the river Dnepr in Kiev city center, 1,5 km from Independence Square. You may get absolutely amazing views from the window of your room. It is called Hotel Bogdan Khmelnytskyi.

Öömajaks valisin ma veidi teistsuguse koha. Booking.comi lehel nimetatakse seda hotelliks, kuid pigem on see ikka hostel. Hostel asub laevas ja kogu sisustus on laevateemaline muidugi. Hostel asub Dnepri jõe kaldal kesklinnas. Vabaduse väljak asub 1,5 km kaugusel. Tegemist on siis Bogdan Khmelnytskyi hotelliga. Toa aknast avanevad suurepärased vaated jõele.

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VMJO0252IMG_6159IMG_6156IMG_6157IMG_6319RWWI4802Thanks to Wizzair direct flights it is really easy and fast to get from Tallinn to Kiev. The trip takes less than two hours. Wizzair has quite often discount offers too. I got my round tickets with just 30 euros. I really recommend to visit Kiev. It is an awesome place to visit. I really want to go back to Ukraine and visit other places there as well.

Tänu Wizzairi otselendudele on nii lihtne ja kiire minna Tallinnast Kiievisse. Lend kestab alla kahe tunni. Wizzairil on väga tihti sooduskampaaniaid.  Edasi-tagasi piletid võib sooduskampaania ajal saada umbes 30 euro eest. Ma tõesti väga soovitan Kiievit külastada. Tegemist on lihtsalt uskumatult ägeda kohaga! Mina igal juhul soovin kindlasti Ukrainasse tagasi minna ning külastada ka teisi kohti peale Kiievi. 

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