Edited on Feb 21 of 2014:
A little info before you read further: I was born and raised in USSR, which doesn’t exist any more. The part I am from was always historically a questionable possession: it’s been a Ukrainian land, it’s been a Russian land as well. I am from Crimea. My mother is Russian, my dad was Ukrainian. My nationality is Ukrainian. My sister is Russian, even though we have the same parents (a long story).
Watching the latest developments in Kiev I cannot stay calm and quiet any more. I will not elaborate on my political views, as I told my husband last night, but I can’t really support either side anymore. It is a sad-sad-sad situation and I don’t think that anything good can come out of it at this point. People are dying, and nothing can make it ok. I am reposing this blog post not to stir any political discussion, not to start pointing fingers at any of the fighting sides… I really wish that this horror will end very soon and more lives will not be lost in this cruel game.
I just want to remind you, my American, Russian, Ukrainian friends (and any other nationalities, who are readers of this blog), that I was in Ukraine past summer. That I brought my family with me (the photos from actual place, where the fight is going on are at the very bottom of the blog post). That it was a very safe peaceful place and I was proud of it. People spoke different languages and it was ok. I am praying that it all will come back to normality soon. Please do not comment if you want to demonstrate you political views. Thus post is not about that.
My last post ended during our walk through the village, where my Dad spent his childhood years.. To read read more about my Ukrainian vacation go here and here. This post is not going to be very wordy, mostly pictures. But a lot of them, so get ready 🙂
Lexnovka – the village my Dad spent his summers in. My son never had that much fun running through the fields and no one was there to stop him! I wish Dad could see him.
My sister and my brother walking, talking…
Almost forgotten symbol of the former USSR. I haven’t seen it since late 1990s.. It seems like the time has stopped in this place…
Another antique we saw..
And of course my son had to run behind it 😛 And I wasn’t going to tell him ‘no’. Different countries, different worlds, different rules for kids :-))
We found a water well!! I am telling you, back in the past!
A small wooden church where my grandfather used to work as a deacon for sometime. Some interesting stuff happened when we were there…
My kids got to play with the kittens! So much fun!! I wish we can have 10 of them at home 🙂
The whole family is here! Plus the neighbors, who after meeting us for the first time, gave us a half of a gallon of fresh honey, a bag of apples and pears! Kind-kind people!!!!
We visited a beautiful Sofiiski Sobor (Saint Sophia’s Cathedral) about 20 min before it was closing for the day. We run like mad people trying to see as much as we could. This piece of art is done with wooden Easter eggs. Amazing!!!
The close up photo
St. Mihail Cathedral – looking from the Saint Sophia’s Cathedral
Someone enjoyed the rain 🙂
McDonald’s is different in Ukraine! But my boy still loved it :-/
(upd from2/21/2014) – this is the place which is completely burnt down now). Yes, it is allowed to play in the fountain in the middle of the heart of Kiev! Gotta love it!
The future is too bright!
Only in Ukraine… 🙂
(upd from2/21/2014 – this is the same place, where the main fight is going on now) My little Ukrainian Girl!
That’s it. I wish I could say more… I loved it all, every single second of it… Now, until my next vacation! 🙂 And here you can read part 1, 2, and 3 🙂