This post is part 2 of my two part blog entry about my experiences from Kiev, Ukraine. (Click here to read part 1)
My friend and I arrived at his dorm, it was exclusively for international students. That night was pretty fun, I met some of his friends who were from literally every country on Earth. They were all polite, friendly, and approachable. Everyone wanted to practice speaking English with the American lol 😅😅.
Shortly after I got settled I ate some delicious Senegalese dish that my host prepared and we went outside to play soccer with some of his friends, well, it was more like kicking the ball around at each other and laughing.
It may it seem like much but it left a deep impression on me, it was a warm inviting experience. Here I was all these people were strangers to me but they made me feel included, you know?
After maybe an hour of that we went exploring and linked up with another one of his African friends. They took me to some touristy area, I vaguely remember the details but I do remembered we walked around a lot and saw some Christmas lights though it wasn’t around Xmas time. Aside from many of the Ukrainians staring at us wherever we went we chatted amongst ourselves and laughed at racism, some peoples ignorance, we discussed cultural similarities and differences.
The following day mid day I had to leave my host because I had a connecting flight to London. This part was a bit tricky again because I did not and still do not comprehend the Ukrainian language or Russian 😅😅 I just remember the directions my host gave me and I took a subway, I had difficulty finding where to place the coin to put in the turn style lol, some nice Ukrainian helped me with that ahah!
I also had a difficult time finding the exact train platform to get on to get me to the airport, a super nice Ukrainian woman helped me though he English was low I followed her and she got me where I needed to go. I thanked her immensely for her benevolence, my heart and face still warms up whenever I think of those subtle acts of kindness.
And that was that, I was alert and made sure to get off at the correct station and from there I would take a charter bus back to the airport, basically the complete reverse of my track that I had done the day before with my host but now I was alone.
I arrived at the airport and everything went smooth. The next stop was London, England where my ultimate adventures would actually begin.
Lol, but that’s for another post.
Here is a trajectory of my flight: NY -> Kiev —> London -> Paris &
Paris -> London -> Kiev -> NY all within a week & a half time total.
In London I linked up with two previous CouchSurfing surfers I hosted in NY, they’re were not returning the favor.
I was dating a bf who was in Paris at the time so that happened too and to return to NY I basically redid the same traveling routes as I originally had done.
Have you ever did a cross continental trip like mine? How was it? What did you experience?
Would you want to do something like that?😉😉😉