Sunday, July 7, 2013

Kyiv, The Final Weekend: July 7, 2013

Sunday Afternoon above the Dnipro River (Dan's photo)

This is our last weekend in Kyiv.  We look forward to going home to be with family, friends, and Kali Cat.  May in Kyiv was fun with so many interesting holidays and only the one ABA trip to Dnipropetrovsk.  June was tough.  For the ABA, we went to Sumy, Donetsk, Kherson, and Vinnytsya.  Between work trips we sneaked in a weekend in Lviv, Ukraine, and five days in Krakow, Poland.  That's a lot of miles traveled.

So far, July in Kyiv has been swelteringly hot.  Saturday was no exception, but we schlepped to Andrew's Descent to buy some last-minute souvenirs for gifts.  We also bought a small painting for us.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine was having a big Fourth of July picnic Saturday afternoon with evening fireworks, but it felt too hot to go.  Instead, about 9 pm we went to the Hyatt Hotel's 8th Floor Lounge terrace.  We had hamburgers and fries and just before 10 pm, we had a great view of the fireworks.  A perfect evening.



 The view from the Hyatt's 8th Floor Lounge terrace

Sunday, we woke to a sky filled with threatening clouds.  The last thing we still hadn't done was take the zip line across the river.  The zip line is about 600 meters running from Khreschatyk Park to the island in the Dnipro River.  From the park, it is all downhill so the zip line is very fast.




I managed to take a couple of photos in the seconds it took to cross the river.  Just under the arch is the starting platform.


Dan went after me.  He looks a little tentative at the start.



But look at him when he landed on the other side.  It was exhilarating.



Then, we as we walked across the pedestrian bridge to return to our side of the river, the sky became darker and darker.  Dan took the photo of the small church (first photo) contrasting with dark sky and water.  Soon, we heard thunder, saw lightening, and within an hour it was raining.

Now, it is time to finish packing.  We leave Kyiv Tuesday morning, July 9.



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