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 […]

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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) […]

Varenichnaya Katusha Restaurant in Kyiv

Вареничная Катюша ул. Червоноармійська, 60 (Chervonoarmiis’ka Street, 60), Kиев 9:00 to 23:00 Meals from $10 www.katysha.com.ua “Вареничная Катюша” is a self-described “chain of restaurants in the Soviet style” in Kyiv, according to the official restaurant website. With an expansive network of locations throughout the Ukrainian capital, all of which feature their own unique decorations and […]

Puzata Khata in Kyiv

Puzata Khata / Пузата Хата in Kyiv Контрактовая Площадь, 2/1, Подол Mon-Sun 7:00-23:00 puzatahata.com.ua Пузата Хата is chain of Ukrainian cafeterias that serves great food at affordable prices. The name literally translated means “Hut of the Pot Belly,” and their tasty options will be sure to fill you up! Additionally, the wide variety is sure […]

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 […]

Cafe Prego in Kyiv

Café Prego улиться Большая Васильковская, 56 (Chervonoarmiis’ka Street, 56), Kyiv 10:00 to 23:00 Meals from $9 http://www.prego.in.ua/ru/ Eating “foreign” food in a foreign city may not offer the most authentic local dining option, but the Café Prego chain of restaurants in Kyiv offers delicious Italian and Japanese food as an alternative to Ukrainian cuisine. With […]

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 […]

Acclimating to Life in Kyiv, Ukraine

Today marks my third day in Kyiv, where I will spend the next couple of months studying Russian language at the NovaMova International Language School and interning at the Institute of World Policy.  Two of the first things I did upon my arrival here in Kyiv were to seek out a few safe, pleasurable running […]

“Canteen” Cafe in Kyiv

Їдальня/Canteen Cafe Corner of Yaroslviv Val & Strelets’ka Streets Meals from $5  «Їдальня» is one of those ideal cafes often praised in study abroad guides and which can sometimes be very difficult to find: cheap, friendly, and filled with authentic local cuisine. Located on the corner of Yaroslviv Val and Strelets’ka streets, just down the […]

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 […]

Max Yacoub: Racism and Work in Russia and Ukraine

Max Yacoub was born to a Russian mother and a Sudanese father but raised mostly in Sudan and England. Most of his professional life has been spent in Russia and Ukraine working with the World Bank and over the last few years in finance and investments. He is married, living in Moscow and raising a […]

David Diamonon: Railroads and Lacrosse in Russia

David Diamonon is Deputy General Director for Transolutions CIS, an American-owned company controlled by Amsted Rail that is focused on supplying rail equipment to the former Soviet states. Ethnically Filipino, he graduated with a degree in Russian from Middlebury College and went on to live and work in Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. Here, he discusses his experiences […]

Baruch M. Gurfein: New Tech in Moldova

Baruch M. Gurfein is a former AOL business development executive (ICQ) who is now Founding Partner & CEO at New Tech, a successful investment and business development company. New Tech has focused on the former USSR from Moldova on one side to Kyrgyzstan on the other with many successful projects in telecom, infrastructure and real […]

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