The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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This is the picture I quickly and carelessly took on my camera that day. At the time, I couldn't imagine anything disrupting this peaceful scene. I edited a photo of the same scene from the Euromaidan movement this past February. The street and close buildings are engulfed in flames, thus making me realize how lucky I was to see something that'll never be the same again.

Greetings from Kiev!

Today our third day here in Ukraine. We visited a monastery in the depths of Kiev. As it seems to be a European custom, the men had to dress up in formal attire, and the women had to wear a shaw or handkerchief over their head to enter this sacred structure. On the outside, the monastery has an abundance of flowers and gardens, but after taking a short flight of steps inside a building, it was a different world. The buildings generally had a few small rooms, and a stairwell that went down below ground level. Underneath the buildings are a series of tunnels which have no lights, so we had to carry candles around. It was like something from a horror movie. No lights, a musky smell, and shrines with corpses of ancient saints were around every corner. It was an interesting place, but getting out of there wasn't one of my complaints. Afterwards, the family and I visited some more ancient churches, which although we must've visited 20 in the past 3 days, were beautiful nonetheless. As the sun began to set, we figured we'd go out to eat at a local restaurant in the city. There were plenty of tourist traps with hiked up prices for food, but a family friend of ours recommended a traditional restaurant close to the hotel Ukraine, where we are staying. One thing I vividly remember from today city at night. The neon lights on the old, soviet-esque buildings and the statue of the angel on Independence Square, better known as the Maidan. It  stood there guarding the city and country from all harm. I quickly snapped a picture on my camera and rushed to meet the rest of my family. Tonight, dinner consisted of a traditional Ukrainian meal of perogies, sour cream, borscht, and an excess of onions. Another long day of touring finally came to an end. I can't wait to hop in bed and see what tomorrow has in store for us.

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August 2012
Kiev, Ukraine

This is the picture I quickly and carelessly took on my camera that day. At the time, I couldn't imagine anything disrupting this peaceful scene. I edited a photo of the same scene from the Euromaidan movement this past February. The street and close buildings are engulfed in flames, thus making me realize how lucky I was to see something that'll never be the same again.

Tags: ukraine, maidan
Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by Andrew Shatynski on May 20, 2014
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