Monday, May 27, 2013

Kyiv Days - Sunday: May 26, 2013

Sunday's Kyiv Days began with a 5K fun run.  The fun run was sponsored by a "Healthy Kyiv" group.    Their health-themed signs want beer ads and poisonous tobacco smoke banned.

This group has my vote for best coordinated running attire.

After watching the foot race for awhile, we went in search of the street fair.  There are always artists selling their work along Andrew's Descent (Andreyevsky Uzyiz), but today there was so much more spreading almost to St. Sofia's Church.  There was art, junk, junk art, Soviet souvenirs (old or maybe newly created), and bric-a-brak.

St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew's Descent (the street)
My favorite piece was this carved wooden moose with real antlers stuck on it.  It was close, I almost succumbed to buying it, but I couldn't think of a place to put it when I got it home.  Plus, it weighed about 25 pounds.  A nice piece of folk art, though.

Colorful Ukrainian Textiles

There were more people wearing Sioux-like Native American headdresses.  These guys were selling beaded animal figures from Mexico--and, they also stood as background for photos.  Authenticity was irrelevant.

This woman and various homeless dogs are always at the bottom of Andrew's Descent.  Her sign asks people to help homeless dogs and cats.

Domino's Pizza - good restroom

Back at Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) the square was packed with people enjoying an evening concert.  

Some people were releasing small hot-air balloons.  The bottom of the frame has a flammable substance smeared on it which is lit on fire.  As the air inside the balloon heats up, the balloon rises and floats away.  As Californians, we cringed at this fire play.  I wonder how often one of these small balloons lands on a tinder, dry spot.  Then, again, Ukraine doesn't seem to have as dry a climate as California.

Then, fireworks.  We got back to our apartment just in time to see from our balcony the amazing fireworks.  They were extraordinary and lasted 10-15 minutes.  Each burst was better than the one before.  

Another great weekend in Kyiv.

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