Exploring Kiev

The view from our "boat" - the grounded boat we're living on here in Kiev, that is! Those people are not walking in a field, they're walking on the Dnieper River. There are usually ice fishermen too, but this day was too cold for sitting around.

The view from our “boat” – the grounded boat we’re living on here in Kiev, that is! Those people are not walking in a field, they’re walking on the Dnieper River. There are usually ice fishermen too, but this day was too cold for sitting around.

Michael in front of statues of Princess Olga (centre - thought to be the first ruler of Rus' to convert to Christianity), the apostle Andrew (left - traditionally credited with preaching on the southern borders of today's Ukraine), and brothers Cyril and Methodius (right - credited with inventing Cyrillic for the purpose of Bible translation).

Michael in front of statues of Princess Olga (centre – thought to be the first ruler of Rus’ to convert to Christianity), the apostle Andrew (left – traditionally credited with preaching on the southern borders of today’s Ukraine), and brothers Cyril and Methodius (right – credited with inventing Cyrillic for the purpose of Bible translation).

Helen in front of the Golden Gates of Kiev, the main gate of 11th century Kiev fortifications.

Helen in front of the Golden Gates of Kiev, the main gate of 11th century Kiev fortifications.

A warm(ish) January day for exploring downtown Kiev!

A warm(ish) January day for exploring the streets of Kiev!

We’ve been in Kiev two and a half weeks now.

We can say yes, no, please, thank you, fish, grandma, bus, and tea in Russian, and are working up the confidence to say our bus stop name (important as one typically shouts it out when you need to exit the bus!).

Michael has mastered the Metro system, and Helen has learned how to read one Cyrillic word: кофе (coffee).

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