As promised, here is part 2 of my blog about Ukrainian Christmas.
In the evening, I took bus #18 to Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Independence Square is where the Orange Revolution took place a few years ago. My plan was to walk through Maidan, down Khreschatyk, and then up the next road to end up by Zoloti Vorota (Golden Gate). From there, I would visit one of our KCA families and hang out with them for a bit before catching the bus home again.
|They had about 20 of these kiosks, where you could buy anything from shashlik (grilled meat) to Orthodox icons to toys|
|Central post office building|
|I started my walk between the third and fourth buildings|
|Lovely lights...plus a scary hippo|
|You could get your photo taken with these characters...I chose to just take photos of them with random other people.|
|New Year's Tree -- because gifts are exchanged on New Year's Eve and not Christmas|
|Looking down Khreschatyk|
|Christmas greetings from a Kyiv city official|
|New Year's greetings from president Victor Yanukovych|
|Coke advertisement! I've also seen lots of billboards for Oreos since I've been back.|
|Looking back toward Maidan Nezalezhnosti|
|Zoloti Vorota, one of the ancient city gates|
PS If you want to see more of my photos, visit my Facebook page and look at the album titled, "Ukrainian Christmas 2011."