I have been lackluster in writing this blog, due mainly to my recent trip in Ukraine. Honestly this trip was not planned, the intention was to go to Europe and meet up with my friend Gabi (from Brazi) in either Slovenia or Greece. Instead after much humming and hawing on her part- all expenses paid btw. I decided to head to Ukraine instead- arrived in Kiev after two transfers in Almaty and Astana (Kazakhstan), not recommended to fly Astana (the lack of in-flight entertainment and pushy Russians/ Ukrainians (who does not heed to the social norms of queuing), transferring from international and domestic etc. If you have the spare cash, fly an European airline instead .
The trip itself was very memorable, I went to Kiev and Lviv, Kiev is a much more welcoming place for an Asian like myself (compared to say Moscow), lots of things to see and do, especially for a modern history buff like myself. There are constant reminders of the various traumas Ukrainian people have suffered, a google search indicates "Ukraine was the greatest victim of World War II, suffering the greatest material damage and the greatest human losses of any country in the war. " approximately 7 million civilians (or close to the entire population of Hong Kong, or more than the combined population of LA and Chicago died. Even today war continues in Ukraine. I cannot but feel distressed by all the suffering of the largest country in Europe.
I also visited Pripyat/ Chernobyl, which warrants a further blog.