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independance day…

Ok, I guess this is the real one. And I now know what the guys were practicing for earlier this week. I got up early (thanks neverending sick!) and decided I was going to go watch the parade, and take some pictures. I walked out and when I got to my corner, i noticed the big street by my house was being blocked off. Weird, since the parades are usually on Kreschatik, which is down the hill. I decided to follow the blocked off street, and halfway down it dawned on me that the festivities just might be held in the place the soldiers were practicing last week. I totally solved that mystery! Scooby snacks all around.


When I got there, the square was chock full o’ people, and the way across the street was blocked by police men standing about every 10 -20 feet, and where there were no police, regular guys stood. Um, is it your duty to block people from crossing the street? Like, this is the service you must provide for god and country? They were getting saucy with people too, if they got too close. It’s the usual give a guy a little bit of power thing that makes things here so annoying sometimes.


And yes, guy on the end there is looking all friendly, but that’s because his little guy posse just left him and was telling him to keep it real and all. Plus, he looks all hipster, so I’m thinking he’s just doing this on a bet or something. I did, however, start loving taking photos of the cops…they’d get all grumpy and I’d just smile at them and wave and say “Hi!” in English and they’d look away disgusted.


Anyway, I kept clear of the lines of dudes, and followed along to the other side of the street where there were all these great, happy people holding - yep - FLAGS! They really seemed thrilled, and like they were having fun, which was a great contrast to all the stoicness I’d just passed.



After hanging out for a bit, I realized this party wasn’t going to get started for a while, and it was already pushing 90 at like 9am, and my body was all “this being out of the house for more then half an hour is crazy, let’s go take a nap”. I woke up an hour or so ago, and thought about going to the parade, but again, hot, and a friend that was there said there were too many people, and you couldn’t get close enough to see anything. I checked it out on the webcam. Looks paradeish, and mostly over


think I saw the better stuff this morning anyway. I just realized that elections are going to happen in like two weeks - this place is going to go bananas!


  1. Jan wrote:

    Yes, it is so popular. Independence day, independance square, independence you name it, they have it. But, independence from what exactly?

    Friday, August 24, 2007 at 11:47 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Herr Lemke, sometimes they’re celebrating independence from the Germans - sometimes they’re celebrating independence from…pants? I don’t know. As long as there are work holidays involved I’m excited. USA US…er..UKRAINE! UKRAINE!

    Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 3:43 pm | Permalink
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    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

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