Kyiv, Ukraine: Eastern Europe’s Best Kept Secret

Please follow the link to read my guide to the city of Kyiv, “Eastern Europe’s Best Kept Secret”, in Travel Addict magazine.

The link will open a new page, from where you can click to read the pdf copy of the magazine.

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The Coffee Table

I travel because I am fascinated by the world – and especially by its people. Our actions can be powerful and far-reaching, but we also create little moments – beautiful songs or poems, special meals, unique atmospheres – that are  not widely-known. Often they say more about a country, and are more rewarding for its visitors to discover, than pop culture.

On this page I will add links to little-known or underappreciated parts of the cultures of every country that I have been to (and many that I haven’t). Use the “Leave a Reply” box below to add recommendations of your own…

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Kseniya Simonova - ‘A requiem in sand’ . An extraordinary Ukrainian artist, who tells stories through animations in sand. She was the winner of ‘Ukraine’s Got Talent’ in 2009.

ICA Kiev. An English-speaking church in Kyiv, which serves Ukrainians and the city’s foreign community.

Okean El’zy‘Druh’ and ‘Ledi‘. An excellent group from western Ukraine, lead by singer/songwriter Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, whose songs and concerts are popular within the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada, Germany and Russia.

Yuliya Savicheva‘Malo’.  A Russian singer, with a song from her album ‘Magnit’.

Nanyuki Children’s Home - a children’s charity in Kenya.

Besh O Drom – ‘Meggyujtom a Pipam’. An energetic Hungarian folk music group. 

Eddy van Wesselphotographer, ‘The Chechens, 1994-2005′. A well-compiled, brutal photo essay of Russia’s war in Chechnya.

Musa Dzhalilpoet. A writer from Tatarstan, Russia, who died in a prisoner of war camp in Germany at the end of the Second World War. The poems on this page are in Russian.

Evgeny Grishkovetsauthor and playwright. A Siberian writer of accessible, energetic prose and thoughtful plays.

Russ Avery and Olivia McGregorCool Footprint. Environmental conservation with a focus on ocean life.

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Photo set: Kyiv’s Arsenal’na district

A cathedral at the Lavra cave monastery, Kyiv.

A collection of photographs taken in the Arsenal’na district of Kyiv; of the Lavra cave monastery and its grounds, the Rodina Mat’ (Motherland) war memorial statue, and other important parts of the neighbourhood. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge them.

One of my articles about Arsenal’na appears on the Been there blog – part of The Guardian newspaper’s travel section.

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Orthodoxy In An Eccentric Land

 

 

Please follow this link to read my article “Orthodoxy In An Eccentric Land “ in The Expeditioner  travel magazine.

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