The Vibrancy of Kyiv, every time I visit

Of course political and financial capitals benefit economically at the expense of the rest of the country, but nevertheless, I’m always impressed and excited when I visit Kyiv — the same can be said of New York City.

Both are great places to visit.

I saw new restaurants and was particularly surprised to see an organic place and a raw-foods place. I was not surprised by the peculiar mixing of styles — Mex Tex Italiano

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Of course, where there are abandoned properties literally a few hundred meters from Maidan, Kyiv’s central square, you know this isn’t a normal free market:

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As on most weekends, they close the Khreshchatyk, the main street that runs past Maidan. It looked like some sports celebration. There were two girls on equestrian styled horses, gymnasts jumping on trampolines, wrestling matching, little arena-style football games, relay races, tug-of-war and more.

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Olympic events invoke two of the things politicians love most: flag waving and government-funded infrastructure projects.

3 Comments

  1. Ed K

    It is great to get your occasional postings.

    Another secret mission?

    Brevity is not skill of story teller…, you must be walking a different path.

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    addendum:

    “The quality of a man’s life is in
    direct proportion to his commitment
    to excellence, regardless of
    his chosen field of endeavor.”
    by Vince Lombardi, football coach

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  2. elmer

    Kyiv, a huge city, an ancient city, does not have an elected mayor.

    And the chimps-in-robes on the Zookrainian constitutional court just ruled that elections don’t have to take place until 2015.

    This isn’t a normal free market indeed.

    You have a sharp eye and a keen mind.

    Oh – and there is the ALL IMPORTANT —– НОТАРІУС – notary public.

    Ask your friends in Zookraine how important that is.

    In Zookraine, it’s all bizarro, upside down, twisted and bass ackwards, with occasional tiny glimmers of sanity and common sense.

    Thank you, sovok union. Thank you, Bolshevik Regionnaires.

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    1. Ed K

      Understand that political centers such as Kiev and
      Washington, D.C., have a vibrancy and life. But that
      is merely a facade built on political monies and power.

      Think of lower Manhattan in New York City. The
      atmosphere that is there from the financial dealings
      centered there.

      There was an American Economist, Henry George who
      defined those who participated in such as ‘hangers on’.
      They contribute little to wealth rather just suck enough
      from others to hang on…

      Your brief posts are great. They are one of the few
      windows on Ukraine for others.

      Does your train travel during the daytime? Are you
      allowed to get off at a city or town then get on next train?

      Is Kiev but a waypoint on your travels? Are you building
      a circle of contacts? Maybe you should take the Ukrainian
      security guy following you to lunch? Ask him to introduce
      you to his boss for coffee?

      Do you need some special coffee? Apparently Greenville,
      South Carolina has become a coffee center? Importers
      and special roasters. Some guy emigrated from Brazil
      and uses his old friends to become a local coffee magnet.

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      “Audacity, audacity-always audacity.”
      ~ Frederick the Great

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