Going to Ukraine will prove to be a unique experience. This will be because of the fact that you do not actually know what expectations to have with this. Kiev is the first location you should try with this. It is the best possibility to make a good opinion about Ukraine.
Lodging in the St. Petersburg Hotel you will feel like turning back in the past. It is a communist style building that has a fitting out as are the students lodging. The first thing you will see it will be the Khreschatyk Boulevard, which is the main street. Everyone walking here seems in a rush, there is a lot of traffic that actually tires you up. If you enter in some of these shops to check out the prices, you will immediately see that they are as big as in any other European capital.
It is rather hard to find English speakers and you will find it amusing how people stare very amazed that you do not know either Ukraine or Russian. While here, you should try at least one traditional restaurant. The taste is good but it is not extraordinary. They do not accept euros; this is why you will have to have some changed money.
The entrance to the old city is made through the “” a replica of the Istanbul one. The legend says that the Ukrainians desire Ukraine to be as strong as the Byzantine Empire used to be. Pecherskaya Lavra was made at the first half of the 16th century. It is a very big surface of 28 hectares and here you can find over 100 places to visit – churches, caves, cells, museums, shops etc. you will be able to go through some tunnels that shelter mummified monks. All of them used to be saints.
The “Jerusalem of the slaves’ grounds” is proud with the Saint Sophia Cathedral raised in 1307 as well. Here you can as well find the Great War Museum and the “Country Mother” statue. The monument of the Great Hunger Victims is situated in Vichnoy is Slavy Park. If you were to see this city through the cathedrals perspective, you will think that this is one of the richest cities in Europe. Anyhow, it actually is not.