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Journey to the Borderland

May 23

Posted by Lindsey Whissel on 05/23 at 11:37 PM

I <3 Kiev.

Our first full day in Kiev was everything we’d hoped and more. Our team met up at the Golden Gates and went on a walking-tour of some of the city’s major points of interest. The best part of the tour was seeing St. Sophia’s Cathedral- a very famous and very old cathedral. We also visited St Michael’s Cathedral—he’s the defender of the city.

The day was very hot, but it was worth bearing the elements to see all the city has to offer. We had a funny moment when Carrie stopped at the post office and the rest of us waited outside—a giant cat (code for actor in a costume) came up to us and insisted we take a photo with her. After Ashley and I each struck a pose, the head came off and the girl inside said something to the effect of “I’m a student, give me present.” Understanding the plight of the struggling university student, Ashley and I both obliged and put out contributions into her paw.

We had another Rotary presentation- this time over lunch. I was able to connect with a woman named Talia who used to work in TV and will be helping coordinate my professional visit(s) tomorrow; she was really friendly so I’m all the more excited for my studio tours.

After the meeting, we continued the tour with a trip to Mount Washington. Ok, not exactly, but we rode the equivalent of the Pittsburgh incline and ended up in a neighborhood that reminded me a little bit of the Strip District. We made an impromptu stop at an art gallery, then had a tour of the National University- the oldest school in Kiev.

I made like a native and road the metro home to get ready for the evening event- a visit t the opera:). Seeing a performance at the National Opera House was one of the things our team had requested to do, so we were very excited. The opera was in Italian with Ukrainian captions running across the top of the stage, so I think most of our team missed out on the plot, but that’s ok. We enjoyed hearing the music and admiring the sets as well as the beautiful architecture of the theatre.

Word of the day: собор (sah-bor) - cathedral.

{name} Author: Lindsey Whissel
Bio: Lindsey Whissel earned her degree in cinema and digital arts from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has produced a variety of broadcast and non-broadcast media projects for television, radio, and the web.


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05/24 at 05:24 AM

sounds like you have used every moment to finish out your experience in the Ukrainne.  Can’t wait to see you and your pictures

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05/25 at 08:05 AM

Thought I would pass on to you the news reported this morning regarding Ukraine - looks like some in the Parliament do not get along well. Maybe you can intervene and talk about the importance of civility and peace.

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Lytvyn favours the idea of voluntary dissolution of the parliament, he has told a news briefing.

In his opinion, the events that happened in the parliament on May 24 demonstrated destruction of parliamentarism in Ukraine.

“And in the current situation I was proposing to take a political decision on acknowledging this fact with a subsequent political decision: voluntary dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada and conduction of snap election to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,” he said.

In his words, he has made a relevant proposition to leaders of the parliamentary factions at the coordination board meeting on Friday.

“Understandingly, this proposition was not conceived, it was not even discussed,” he said.

Speaker pointed to inadmissibility for the highest legislative body of the actions taken by the lawmakers on May 24.

“Because, to put it mildly, there is no need in observing all this mess any longer, and it is necessary to stop tormenting the country,” he said.

In Lytvyn’s opinion, in the current situation they have to give the people a chance to esteem the legislators’ doings.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, at the Rada’s evening plenary session on May 24, when discussing a bill on language policy, MPs from the opposition and from the Party of Regions engaged in a scuffle, after which Member of Parliament Mykola Petruk from the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc - Batkivschyna was taken to hospital

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