BAD ROADS AND SUSHI IN UKRAINE

Ukraine

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If you ever find yourself in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, I can’t recommend Kioto (http://www.kioto.com.ua/) enough. The sushi is great, and the space is beautiful, modern, and warm. The music is great too, and my very nice waitress has been a-ok with me sitting here for the past two hours just chilling, which I really needed. Read more

The HOTEL UKRAINE AND THE EUROMAIDAN REVOLUTION

Ukraine

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The Hotel Ukraine

I checked into the Hotel Ukraine (Hotel Ukrayina) in Kiev two days ago.  The cold, ugly, state-owned Hotel Ukrayina is completely lacking in modern amenities (although to be fair, they do offer “minor repair of clothing”) and it is sorely in need of a gut refurbishment. In terms of decor, it gives the Koyro Hotel in Pyongyang a run for its money, but the hotel’s history and location, overlooking Kiev’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), is remarkable.  Read more

SUNDAY BRUNCH IN KIEV

Ukraine

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Sunday brunch in Kiev (Kyiv): I’m sitting in the brightest, cutest restaurant I’ve seen since arriving in Kiev. It’s a Mexican restaurant. The food is terrible. I fucking love it.  Read more

THE LOST LAND OF TRANSNISTRIA

Transnistria

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Transnistria Parliament

Transnistria is a pro-Russian territory located on a sliver of land where the eastern border of Moldova meets Ukraine.

It is a self-declared country with its own government, parliament, military, police, currency (which, like Disney dollars, lose their value when you exit the park), and postal system, but is not officially recognized by any other sovereign nation on Earth, including Russia.  Read more

REENTRY: OSLO TO NYC

Norway

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Sandnessundet Strait Norway

En route to the Oslo Airport for my journey home after another fantastic, hilarious trip.

As always, at the end of my trips, I’m awash in conflicting emotions Read more