BAD ROADS AND SUSHI IN 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

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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

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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