Kyiv is a huge city of approximately 5 million people at the present time. But many people, (at least in the USA) are not familiar with many of the things available here. Do you know that people from around the world travel to Kyiv for their dental treatment? I have heard of people flying all the way from New Zealand, spending one week here for dental treatment and then flying back! Less expensive to do that then in their home country! I will need dental implants in the future and for the cost of one tooth back in the US I can get 4 or 5 done here. The cost will depend on which implant is the best for me. There are options to get implants that are made in different countries just depending on what is needed.
There is also the options for medical facilities. What the typical Ukrainian citizen uses is not something most of us would care for. You buy and bring your own medical supplies. Hygiene can be lacking but the cost is cheap. Then there are the private clinics with the most modern medical diagnostic machines and western quality hygiene. These are the clinics that wealthier Ukrainians and expats use.
Yesterday three of us went to get health physicals at one of these private clinics. Since we are all older, er I mean more mature we opted for the full physical. To say that it was an impressive facility would be an understatement. We were poked, prodded and relived of some bodily fluids for a full 5 hours!! We had tests done that I never knew existed. Our doctors were specialists and most knew English. We did however have a friend who is an interpreter along to help out when needed. We all met individually with the head doctor to get a review of what condition we were in and will return in a few days after the lab results come back to get our final reviews, changes or additions to prescriptions and anything else that may be needed.
Needless to say I did NOT take any photos but I did want to mention that you should not be afraid to become and expat anywhere. It's a great experience.
It's a nice warm (86 F) end of summer day outside of Kyiv. I have been invited to join some friends at a reservoir for a sailing regatta. There was no wind to begin with so the regatta was delayed and then a mild breeze allowed the event to go on. With my swimming ability being about the same as rock and then when it comes to life vests, well not really, (This is Ukraine after all)! My choice was to enjoy myself in the shade on shore, read, take photos and just relax. I think my choice may have been the best as they were on the water for a solid 5 hours under the sun. I was relaxed at the end of the day. My friends however were roasted to a nice red hue ))
After a long day of sailing, or in my case resting in the shade, we all had a good appetite. So off we went to one of John's favorite restaurants near where he lives. What you see in the following photos: seared tuna with mango and strawberry sauce. Apple, ginger and cinnamon tea and panna cotta. The food you will find in this city is varied and incredible. Come and visit Ukraine. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Waunakee Wisconsin being close to the capitol of Madison provides some opportunities. Still not the same as the opportunities in a capitol city such as here in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The other day a few friends and I went to a Mexican Brunch to meet the new Mexican ambassador to Ukraine.
A brunch at a restaurant in Ukraine normally does not mean the same thing as in the USA. They are not all you can eat. In this case however it was unlimited food and drinks. As you can see by the following photos we were not going to starve! We also ate in the European fashion of a relaxing time with conversation. Our meal lasted 5 hours. Yes I can get used to this.
The photos that follow are only a small amount of the food choices we had.
One of my expat friends here in Kyiv, John Jones and friends of ours Diana and Ludmila.
I of course wasn't allowed to be left out of the picture taking.
Finally we were all entertained by some Mexican music.
This outdoor museum encompasses over 300 acres with displays from the ancient history of the area of Ukraine.
This centuries old windmill was used to grind grain into flour. Hard to tell from here but it was on a bearing stone which allowed it to be turned into the wind.
An old clay wall peasant house. Notice the buildup of clay on the bottom to divert rainwater away from the structure. Depending on what material was used for the thatch roof the roof would last anywhere from 30 to 80 years!
You can see that part of the clay was built up under an overhang so that you could sit outside. The living quarters with kitchen area. The red fabric hung in the corner was to help ward off evil spirits.
A few more buildings, beehives and a structure to house hogs.
Some of the flowers around the buildings and the last one shows the berries of a Ukrainian rose plant.
There were different artists there and here one showed off decorated eggshells which is a noted craft of Ukraine.
Some old fashioned dolls. Notice no eyes as that would have been a place for evil spirits to enter. Also well endowed to show fertility and the ability to raise a family.
Some of the fabrics from the artists. This is also a good place to buy traditional Ukraine clothing.
The Zurabincy Church from 1742 and the icons inside. This church is still used for weddings and baptisms.
Some of the countryside with horses and more windmills.
I hope you enjoyed this small glimpse of part of Ukraine. I look forward to coming back to this park and seeing more of it at some point in the future and maybe one of the events or concerts that they hold there since I only saw a small part on this visit.
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