25th Annual Charity Bazaar- Kyiv, Ukraine

During my fall semester in Kyiv, I have gone to numerous museums, concerts, art exhibits, and lively gatherings around the city. I’ve had the time of my life exploring different festivals and cultural excursions, but I can confidently say that my favorite event was the 25th Annual IWCK Charity Bazaar! Every year, the International Women’s […]

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Shopping in Kyiv

Shopping in Kyiv, Ukraine A Real Bang for your Buck Fall 2017 When packing for my semesters abroad, I gave myself a rule: One backpack and one suitcase. I’m a firm believer in “traveling light,” and one suitcase, in my opinion, is more than enough space for the necessities. Any extra clothes/shoes/accessories that you may […]

The Monastery of Saint Nino at Bodbe in Georgia

The Monastery of Saint Nino at Bodbe: The Beauty of Sighnaghi Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia (Excursion included in the Policy and Conflict Program, Fall 2017) Price of visit and lunch: 25 Lari   During my first week in Georgia, my classmates and I took a trip out to Sighnaghi, which is roughly a two-hour drive from […]

Podil District in Kyiv

Podil: Persons, places, and things from my favorite district in Kyiv Free and always open Month of April, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch Podil, podil, podil. If you ever go to Kyiv, all the Ukrainians you meet will tell you that you have to go to Podil. Once, a particularly pompous Russian professor even went […]

Andrievskii Descent in Kyiv

Andrievskii Descent at Sunset  A Walk through one of my favorite stretches of Kyiv Free and always open  Month of March, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch There are many persons, places, and things I love about Kyiv, but undoubtedly, there is one place pretty much everyone agrees is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots […]

Tarasa Shevchenko Park

Tarasa Shevchenko Park in Kyiv Volodymyrska Street 60 Open always Not unlike in any northern city that spends its winters under cloud cover, devoid of blue skies, sunlight, and Vitamin D for several months, the Spring in Kyiv is a magical time. People emerge from their homes, offices, and the cafe-bars where they’ve been hiding […]

Old Bar: Microbrews in Kyiv

Old Bar: The Answer to My Beer Problems Bolshaya Vasilkovskaya 20A Sun-Thurs: 2pm-midnight, Fri-Sat: 2pm-2am $3-4 per pint Since I arrived in Kyiv, I’ve been to several clubs, a couple pubs, and god knows how many restaurants that call themselves cafe/bars. This last classification is basically a coffee shop that serves hooch and is a […]

Earning a Living on the Streets of Ukraine

From Busking to Animal Suits: the Shady and Skilled of Ukraine’s Streets  Month of March, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch Ukraine is a beautiful country with a fascinating history. It also has an impossibly cheap cost of living. Between those two facts, it is a rapidly growing tourism center for Europe. In fact, it ranks […]

International Women’s Day Eve in Kyiv

Pre Women’s Day Festivities in Kyiv, Ukraine Every March 8th, but really March 7th, too.  Perhaps no one in the world takes the celebration of the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, as seriously as those in Kyiv. It makes sense that the day is especially heralded in Ukraine and Russia, as it was a […]

Pinchuk Art Centre in Kyiv

Pinchuk Modern Art Centre  Velitsa Vasilkivska/Baseina 1/3-2 Kyiv, 01004 Open Tues-Sat, and Sun 12:00-21:00 Free The Pinchuk (modern) Art Centre in Kyiv contains two of my favorite things: modern art, and people who wear fake horn-rimmed glasses and go take selfies with modern art. Come for the art and culture, but stay for the people […]

The Thaw: Springtime in Kyiv

Outdoor Spring Sightings in Kyiv Week of March 1st, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch Delightfully for a girl from Montana, used to equally cold, dreary winters, the early days of March have been blessed with (as every Ukrainian that I know has insisted) unusually warm temperatures, sunshine, and a lot of snowmelt. From Kyiv’s plentiful […]

Heavenly Hundred Mourners In Kyiv

Anniversary of the Shooting of 100 Protesters in Kyiv Remembrance Event Independence Square, Kyiv February 18, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch Hundreds of people came to Kyiv’s Independence Square, or, in Ukrainian, Maidan Nazeleznosti for the third anniversary of the day snipers killed 100 protesters during the EuroMaidan Revolution, on February 18, 2017. The deceased […]

Ostannya Barykada Restaurant in Kyiv

Ostannya Barykada Maidan Nazelezhnosti 10:00-24:00 Entrees from $8-15 When my host sister and her cousin lead me to Globus shopping mall with the promise of a 100% Ukrainian, gastronomic, and secret restaurant, I was skeptical. Secret restaurant? “You will see.” Said Nadya, the cousin, smiling. “You even need a password to get in.” And so we […]

Where Are All the Subway Toilets?

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, upcoming events, urban changes, and history. The following is an interesting entry from a series of short articles geared to answer the “strangest questions about city life” in the cities covered by the publication. […]

Chernobyl Tour

Chernobyl Tour/Чернобыль Тур Chernobyl-tour.com Tours should be booked two weeks in advance One-day round-trip tour from Kyiv – $165 The town of Chernobyl, Ukraine is directly connected with arguably the most famous – or infamous – disaster in nuclear history: the explosion at Reactor #4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) on 26 April, […]

National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War in Kyiv

National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945/Национальный Музей Истории Великой Отечественной Воины 1941-1945 Годов www.warmuseum.kiev.ua Main exhibition 10:00 to 17:00 Tuesday through Sunday 5 UAH students / 15 UAH adults (guided tour included in SRAS fees for NovaMova)  As a student of Russian and East European history, one of the […]

Traveling Platzkart on Ukrainian Trains

Mention train travel in the former Soviet Union, and almost inevitably the discussion will at some point turn to the infamous “platzkart,” or third-class wagons. For those Westerners who have never traveled platzkart, the concept has taken on an almost horror-story-like quality over the past few decades, conjuring up images of cramped, uncomfortable quarters and […]

PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv

PinchukArtCentre 1/3-2, “А” Block, Velyka Vasylkivska / Baseyna Street ул. Большая Васильковская/Бассейная 1/3-2, блок А, Бессарабский квартал http://pinchukartcentre.org/ Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 to 21:00 Free admission PinchukArtCentre.org The PinchukArtCentre, located near the center of downtown Kyiv, resulted from a combination of art and oligarchy. Founded by Ukrainian businessman Viktor Pinchuk— who has an estimated net […]

Holosiivskyi National Park in Kyiv

Holosiivs’kyi Park, named after M.T. Rylsky / Голосiiвський парк iменi М.Т. Рильського Holosiivsk’ky District Голосiiвський район Metro Station Голосiiвська (Blue Line) Monastery Website: Goloseevo.com.ua Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv website: www.univ.kiev.ua Various attractions within the park hold their own hours of operation, but the park itself is open to the public all day, every […]

Keeping the Faith (Catholicism) in Kyiv

For some, traveling abroad can be as much a spiritual journey as a physical one, and tourists are often encouraged to visit religious relics and places of worship for their history, culture, and architecture. For me, a practicing Catholic who has now spent a couple of months living in Kyiv, this internship/study abroad experience has […]

Ukraine in Miniature Park in Kyiv

Ukraine in Miniature/Украина в Миниатуры Park in Kyiv Brovarsky Avenue 9V, Hidropark/ Броварски 9В, Гидропарк 10:00 – 17:00 daily 10 hryvnias Kyiv boasts a rising skyline of new apartment complexes and an expanding metropolitan area of more than five million people, yet the city seems particularly interested with life in miniature. Not only is there […]

Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv

Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/ Центральный Музей Вооруженных Сил Украины in Kyiv 31 Grushevskogo Street/31 Грушевского Улица 10:00 – 18:00 daily (closed on Mondays) 10 hryvnias  The grandly named Центральный Музей Вооруженных Сил Украины, or Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, offers visitors an engaging and comprehensive trip through the […]

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv Оболоньский просол, 1А Киев Located between Minska and Obolon metro stations Dreamtown is where American mall meets Disney world – in Kyiv, Ukraine. From shopping to delicious food to exciting activities, this is much more than any shopping center. While visiting Dreamtown won’t deepen your understanding of Ukrainian history […]

O’Panas Ukrainian Restaurant

O’Panas Ukrainian Restaurant / О’Панас, Ресторан Київ, 03124, парк ім. Тараса Шевченка, вул.Терещенківська, 10 Daily (Monday-Sunday): 8:00am – 12:00am Meals from $12 Opanas.com.ua Taras Shevchenko Park (Шевченка) in downtown Kyiv is a popular outdoor venue for recreation, socializing, and enjoying ice cream (мороженое), beer (пиво), and/or kvas (квас) from street-vending booths. It is conveniently triangulated […]

St. Panteleimon Cathedral & Feofaniya Park in Kyiv

St. Panteleimon Cathedral & Feofaniya Park Собор Сятово Пантелемона и Парк Феофания ул. Академика Лебедева, 32, Киев Take the metro to Lybidska, take marshutka 548 to the park Tucked away in the outskirts of Kyiv, in the Holiivs’ki district, lies St. Pantelemion’s Cathedral and Feofaniya Park. This place makes for a great day away from […]

Kyiv Metro

Kyiv Metro / Київський метрополітен (or Київське метро) Opens daily between 5:30am and 6:00am (depending on the station) Closes daily at midnight Fares: 2грн ($0.25) per trip Unlimited half- or whole-month plans available: half-month: 48 грн ($6.00) | whole-month: 95 грн ($12.50) www.metro.kiev.ua If you make a trip to Kyiv, you’ll inevitably encounter the city […]

A Weekend at the Dacha

During my Russian studies at Indiana University over the past two years, the concept of a “dacha” or Soviet-era summer home always intrigued me. While my family has taken multiple vacations during which we stayed in cabins in Indiana or the Great Smoky Mountains, we—like most Americans—were happy to return to our permanent home. Yet […]

Kyiv’s National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945

The National Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 Національний музей історії Великої Вітчизняної Війни 1941-1945 Kyiv, 01015, Lavrska St., 24 Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00-17:00 (Usually closed on Mondays) Admission: Adults: 10грн (~$1.50) / Students: 5грн (~$0.75) Staff -led tour: 40грн for the group (~$5) in Ukrainian/Russian Photo permit: 10грн (~$1.50) […]

National Museum of Chernobyl in Kyiv

National Museum of Chernobyl / Национальный музей Чорнобиль Kyiv, 04071, Khoryv Lane, 1 Open Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00 Last Admission: Monday – Saturday at 17:00 Closed: Sunday and last Monday of each month Admission: 10грн (~$1.50) Personal tour with electronic audio device (1 hour): 50грн (~$6) Staff -led tour (1 hour): 40грн for […]

TEDxKyiv Conference: Ideas Worth Spreading

TEDxKyiv: (Ukrainian) Ideas Worth Spreading Annual Event http://tedxkyiv.com/ Over the last few years, the TED organization has become increasingly popular and influential through its various talks, conferences, and awards. Started in 1984 to promote “Ideas Worth Spreading,” TED—which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design—has become a global nonprofit whose two large, official annual conferences are […]

The National Opera of Ukraine

The National Opera of Ukraine / Національна опера України Kyiv, 01034, Volodymyrska st., 50 Convenient entertainment, rich culture, low cost Box-office hours:  Monday: – 11:00 – 19:00 All other days: from 11:00 – 19:30 Tickets starting from $2 www.opera.com.ua/en/ The National Opera Theater of Ukraine is a gem of Ukrainian and Russian culture that houses […]

Parks and Recreation in Kyiv

Parks and Recreation, Ukrainian Style: Fitness and Fun in Kiev Parks have long held a charming and often central place—literally and figuratively—in American city life. In my own personal experiences growing up in rural Indiana as well as traveling to New York City, parks have played a subtly important role, whether hosting small town baseball […]

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