This was my big day in Kiev. I wanted to take a lot of video with my digital camera. Although I have similar analog video from 1991, 1997 and 2000, it’s not the same quality. You can see some of these on the Predvestnik web page.
I took the metro to Kreshchatik and switched stations – went two stops north – when I came out of the underground, I was lost. It turned out that I was not far from where I wanted to be, but I took a roundabout way of getting there. My idea was that I should find the Dneiper River by walking due east and then walk south along the river until I found McDonald’s. This took about an hour. I finally found the tramline that goes up a steep hill to St. Sophia’s square.
I walked around Sophia’s monastery and climbed the bell tower. I took video from the top and figured out the route I’d have to take to get to Andrivsky’s street. There is a huge Hyatt with a glass front in that old square now – horrible! I was thirsty all day, but waited for a few hours to until I found a place to buy water. This turned out to be a big mistake. I had suffered some dehydration and I paid for it later on.