As I sit here I think about where I live in Kyiv now. I have moved from the centre to the Obolon district. It’s about a 40 minute metro ride (2 different ones) or about the same amount of time by taxi.
The centre area had been nice and close to many things but the move to Obolon was because it’s less expensive and quieter. I guess 1,000,000 live in this district! I know hard to believe an area with one million people would be more quiet but it is. I also have a number of friends in this area and a coffee shop I like to frequent.
My flat is a renovated one bedroom on the 13th floor with a nice view out over the edge of the city and nearby park area. I don’t have any photos with me here but it’s nice. I come in thru a small entryway with a closet. A very small kitchen area, (range, sink and refrigerator) which opens up into a nice living room. A separate bedroom and a nice bathroom with a washing machine in it.
When you walk into the building which you need your magnetic fob to get in the door and there is always a lady there to keep an eye on who comes in and out. In my building they are referred to as the concierge. The older Russian buildings and flats I believe they are still known as, Babushkas? These ladies take their jobs seriously as I have had my phone ring on more than one occasion by friends who have come to visit: Al, I’m downstairs and they won’t let me up, come get me please. I know they watch for everyone but they really keep an eye out for me not so much as a foreigner but maybe the fact that I have given all four of them chocolate and flowers. Hey I know who takes care of me after all.
Now the size of my flat is not large. Around 800 sq. ft.. I’ve been in some Ukrainian friends flats who have smaller ones. Who live in studios but I also know of whole families who live in much smaller flats. A whole family living in an area of at most 500 sq. ft. and these flats are in much poorer condition than mine. The area in Wisconsin (Waunakee) that I came from I'd say the houses in the old section of town were 1,200 sq. ft. on average. The new section now has many that are 3,500 to 5,000 or more! Sadly many can’t afford them but oh well it's about the show. I wonder how these people would feel if they had to work as hard as many do here just so they could afford cramped housing? There are of course people here who have big flats and houses but the majority do not.
Just food for thought. Be happy and grateful for what you do have.
This is the Hotel Obolon (can you tell by the sign?). It is right next to my building. Same style building which is to say it's not the old Soviet style.
The Dnieper river is a short walk from my place. Lined with restaurants in my area and if you want you can walk all the way into the center of Kyiv.
A 5 minute walk from my place is Dream Towne 1 (here) Dream Towne 2 is one block behind which you can't see. These shopping centers are HUGE. The photos do not give them justice at all. I frequent this one to get a coffee most mornings. The word NOVUS on the front is a supermarket and the word above in the blue banner that you see is: SPORT MASTER which is a sporting goods store.
A huge thank you to the internet for allowing me to 'borrow' these three photos.