Cats in the restaurants, hanging around for scraps
Dogs laying around everywhere
Seeing all of the kids favorite movies in Russian
These big movie posters along the main touristy streets. There was also another giant one of the movie Twilight. PS Brian is a huge fan/nerd of the old Tron movie.
Ukrainian fashion. I can't even describe it.
Little babushkas sitting everywhere selling cigarettes or cups of raspberries.
There are a lot of carts on the side of the road, in the subways, etc.
There is this little street over by Big Mama that you have to pay money to go down, and it's where everyone buys their plants. I thought it was really interesting. There were baskets of bulbs, starts of plants, gardening books, etc.
Everyone seemed to be wearing stilettos or high heels. Interesting footwear for how much walking everyone does there.
The first day of school was September 1. It is like a holiday there. Everyone takes their teachers flowers, and they have a party at school. All of the little girls had these huge white bows in their hair. Seriously the cutest thing ever.
Pretty tile displays in the subways. The subways were very clean, and looked very nice!
Ira kept trying to tell us that we needed to go see this cat made out of forks on a tree. We couldn't figure out what she was talking about, and figured something must be getting lost in translation. Until she took us there and it was--a cat made out of forks on a tree. Then we got it. And we had a good laugh.
I don't even know what to say.
Another interesting animal situation. Ira kept taking us down random alleys and talking about some birds. We went up and down streets and were about to give up, when we went through an obscure gate and came across these! Crows, maybe? Apparently about 15 years ago someone found these birds and put them in this cage and they've been there ever since.
We rode the metro out to a little park/amusement area by the dneiber river.
Ira was also super excited to show us this cat statue. It is pretty cute. And if you google famous statues in Kiev, this actually comes up as one of them. Interesting.