Kyiv has a strange below ground collection of shops. Certain subways are populated by a variety of shops and cafes, never seeing the light of day.

SEPTEMBER: Kyiv

Kyiv has a strange below ground collection of shops. Certain subways are populated by a variety of shops and cafes, never seeing the light of day. 

There is a strong presence of sex tourism in Kyiv, more than I have seen anywhere else. Strip clubs are common and Tinder was extremely active. It doesn’t feel sleazy so much as that there is a deep power imbalance between the Ukraine and the outside world.

The city has a strange character. Deeply religious with a number of well attended churches, old and incredible architecture vies with a a number of bland modern options and scattered throughout are futurist brutalist structures of incredible strangeness.

There are a great deal of museums and spaces, but they are heavily focused on wartime periods rather than the more technology or naturalism you find elsewhere. 

Kyiv was perhaps the most alien of all the cities I have done on this tour.

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