The Heart of the City
Trip Start Oct 11, 2011
22Trip End Oct 31, 2011
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Past the opera house i went again, and this time though continuing to Saint Sofia Cathedral and then onward to St. Michael's Cathedral. There were very few tourists out in the morning, so much of the sights allowed me to take in the natural going ons of the people without the interruption of large tour buses and groups blocking the ways. Most of the people I talked to in Kiev, and later in Uzbekistan, assumed i was there as a professional photographer. One look at my photos would have betrayed me instantly, therefore, no one saw my pictures.
On my way back, I passed the last remaining statue of Vladamir Lennin, and surrounding it, a band of Soviet flags and supporters holding political plac cards. It was interesting to see the old generation clinging to the "good old days" of communism and rallying for it's return. But despite their love of the soviet era, you would be hard pressed to find a supporter of Stalin. Through his oppression of Ukraine and engineered famines, millions in the Ukraine died. During the second world war, Ukraine was sacrificed by Stalin as they pulled back from the Nazi's, and in doing so, obliterated the countryside.
As the night approached I stayed in the area of Independence Square for some night photos and street performers. As the rain clouds began to roll in i headed my way back to the hostel where I was greeted by three Slovenian girls who would prove to be the loudest people I've ever heard at three in the morning, but that's what you get for staying in a hostel I guess.