January Favorites 2015


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First Monthly Favorites of 2015, let’s do this!

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Day 29 – Church Hopping

Another early morning, we got up quite early and spent the entire day exploring Cathedrals and parks in Kyiv. We started off by walking through this beautiful garden. After that we went into the huge Minster cathedral and took a tour through it. It is such a pretty cathedral.

We even got to go to the top of a cathedral with the same name as me, called Saint Sophia Cathedral. Also, coincidently, my outfit that day ended up matching the colors of the cathedral. We visited a few other cathedrals but Saint Sophia Cathedral was probably one of my favorites (;
St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery  was also a very beautiful building.

Towards the end of the evening, the three of us (Juliana, Galina, and I) went to a few more local parks. Kyiv is such a huge city! Time is running out and we still have so many more places to explore and see.


Day 28 – How you doin’?


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Woke up this morning with the time saying 10am! It took me a few minutes to realize this was one of the first days in a long time Juliana and I were able to sleep in. It felt so good to not have anything planned in the morning and just wake up whenever.

            Juliana and I calmly started getting ready for the day with no rush. The afternoon came by so quickly, especially since we slept in. Next thing we know, Galina took Juliana and I off on another adventure. The three of us took the metro to downtown. Four stories high, lots of designer stores, small and large fountains on every floor, and even a small aquarium with fish; the three of us headed to the “Ocean Mall” in Kyiv. After walking into almost every store, we met up with Diana and Alex at the mall and then the five of us headed to the FRIENDS café.
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            Pictures of the Friends cast on every wall, shelf, and table, random episodes of Friends constantly playing on the huge TV, scenic pictures of New York City on the walls, vintage couches and chairs, and the environment, all made me feel as though I was really a part of the Friends show. The menu consisted of typical food one might find at most café’s, but it was still delicious. I ordered a sandwich with an iced latte and I loved it!

            We stayed at the café for a while before Alex, Diana, and I went off on our own. The three of us headed to one of my mom’s best friends in Kyiv. Apparently, she really wanted to see me since the last she saw me I was two years old. The lady is really sweet; we had tea at her place and talked about anything and everything. Next thing we know, it was pitch black outside and we left her place and headed back to Galina’s house for the night.


Day 23 – “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”


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Good Morning, a new sun, a fresh day, a cools greeting, today is the last day in the beautiful city of Lviv.

Juliana and I started our morning early with a delicious breakfast at El Greco (a small Greek restaurant located in the Rynok Square). We ordered pita bread with some sausage and sauces on it. It doesn’t sound like much but it was undeniably delicious.
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We decided to then stop by the Lviv Chocolate Factory for some dessert. The place has a rooftop café overlooking many beautiful cathedrals and buildings. You can also buy various souvenirs and coffee on the middle floors. Whatever you can imagine to be done with chocolate can be found here! Chocolate coffee, chocolate cake, chocolate candies, various chocolate souvenirs and figures made of chocolate…and much more! On the ground floor there is a cozy cafe where you can enjoy delicious coffee and sweets. Juliana and I were the only ones at the top and it was really quiet and nice. We ordered a mix of dark, milk, and white chocolate where we dipped our bananas that we bought at a market earlier that morning. I also bought myself a Latte and a chocolate cake with nuts. Both were amazing, the latte is one of the best I have tried!
The outside of the Chocolate Factory

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Chocolate Spoons!
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At the top of Chocolate Café

Since today was the last day in Lviv, we decided to visit a cathedral that was a little outside of the main square. Once we got back to the square, we visited another rooftop café. We didn’t eat there because we were running low on time so we just took a few pictures and left. The both of us headed back to our room to pack up our things before we head to our next destination.
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And now here I am, aboard a train departing to Shepetivka where Oleg (the one from Poninka) will pick us up to stay at his house for the night.



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