Indeed tell someone youre from London and chances are you will receive an amazed smile, followed by a puzzled expression; Then why are you here in Kiev?!
It was the most poverty-stricken part of Kiev.
Although its not an atmosphere of openness like you might find in say Glasgow or New York, it is generally welcoming.
Well, as a paranoid Londoner, I have to admit that coming to Kiev I was a little concerned too.And, without wanting to reinforce stereotypes, my god he could drink a lot of vodka!Why on earth would anyone want to visit the capital, Kiev, as a tourist?The average wage here is around 160 per month and 25 of the population are below the poverty line.Yet because of the widespread poverty in the country Ukrainian women will tell you there simply aren't enough eligible bachelors to go around.Until, world War II, the section just north of Nyzhniy Val street was called Ploska chast or Ploskaya sloboda.This area used to be the trading and crafting center of Kiev.
Mongol invasion of Rus' and destruction of Kiev, it served as a city center until the 19th century.
Far from the images we see on the news of molotov cocktails and riot police, this is a sleepy city.
Kiev is not considered one of the worlds 'great' cities, so nobody here acts like they are from one.
The country only started its decentralization reform so I hope everything only lays ahead.Anatoli, Babi Yar (New York: Pocket Book, 1971.The names of some Podil gör en sexualförbrytare bor nära mig storbritannien neighborhoods reflect this fact: "Dehtyari" (those who works with chatt med kåta milfs tar "Honchari" (potters "Kozhemyaki" (craftsmen working with leather).I get the impression that Ukrainians are a very proud people.For most of us in the west, Ukraine is little more than a struggling former ussr country now at war with Russia and still working to contain the world's worst nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.Instead you can sense the pride so many Ukrainians now feel in finally being able to unite behind their collective identity, something that has been denied them for millennia.Some time ago, the Kiev River Port served passenger traffic on the Dnipro River, but only tourists pleasure boats are available there nowadays.The name Podil means something that is situated downwards.But the city is actually really mixed.Not much more is needed.
Even in Kiev where much of Ukraine's wealth is concentrated you can see the signs of people struggling to get.