Day 3/3 and finally in Rivne!
I’ve been asked a lot, why would you travel to a country where you know no one and don’t speak the language?
This is my response in the form several anecdotes:
1. Eli and I have met incredible people over the past three days, such as @stassukhetskiy, our first friend from a kiosk in the airport who brought us to the bus terminal and had a blast communicating with the help of @googletranslates.
2. The challenge of living like the locals live makes every day exciting - like learning the local bus (marshrutka) etiquette, and how the locals get from place to place.
3. The market where you see and choose food from a whole new style of cuisine. We’ll know soon enough what varenyky taste like!
4. Learning the language - we have been slowly sounding out words phonetically all day like children.
5. And, the little moments like eating a pepperoni pizza on a balcony in a new-to-us city.
When it comes to street art Kyiv, Ukraine might be the best city in Eastern Europe. There are so many good murals around, many of them have a political or historical background, making a city a perfect destination for art lovers. Where have you seen the best street art?
So I stayed at this awesome hostel at Prague that was located on the third floor. To my surprise as I arrived late at night I had to walk 3 flights of stairs with my suitcase. Thankfully the super nice employee that buzzed me in ran down the stairs and helped me and asked me to “please don’t tell people on hostel world we have no elevators” 🤣 at least I got my steps in every day! To be discrete I won’t even tag the location as well...
From Catholic Churches in Spain and France, to mosques in Egypt and Turkey, pagodas in Laos and Vietnam, Ghats in India—and Eastern Orthodox churches in Ukraine, I’m always in awe at the beauty of religious structures. While religions constantly fight over who is righteous (and even my own upbringing taught me to harbor disdain towards polyglot deities and beliefs) structures whose design and erection stem from spiritual beliefs invariably have unparalleled beauty and architecture. #ukraine#kiev#easternorthodox#orthodoxchurch#worldnomads#wanderlust#solotravel#solotrip#easterneurope#colorfulgram