5 days in Kiev (part 2)
Day 2: My friend's apartment was lovely, in a green, leafy section of the city near Shevchenko University. The Canadian ambassador lives in her building – not too shabby.
After 10 hours of restorative sleep, we set out for the "MegaMarket" by taxi. This is a huge, multilevel, centrally-located grocery store with a huge inventory and a good wine selection. I love to cruise through foreign grocery stores to see the different food items and packaging; in this case things were doubly mysterious because the Cyrillic alphabet is totally incomprehensible to me. After lunch at the apartment, we headed out through the public garden to the upscale shopping district on Khreschatyk Street. This wide, elegant boulevard is truly the Champs-Elysees of Kiev. Beautiful shops and hotels line the street, and we visited the Bessarabskiy Market, well known for its beautiful produce and flowers. Unfortunately tSum, the famous department store known for Soviet Service without a Smile, is currently closed for renovations. At International Square, we were entertained by buskers and people in Disney character costumes, wanting to pose for pictures with you (and be paid for it).
Quilcene, WA USA 10/25/12
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