For our last day in Ukraine; Galina, Diana (sister), Aleks (brother-in-law), Juliana (cousin), Sasha (family friends daughter that Aleks was doing a photo-shoot for) and I decided to go to Pyrohiv, a village south of Kiev.

If you want to see how Ukrainians lived in previous centuries, this is the place. It’s a wonderful outdoor museum with village houses from all the regions of Ukraine, windmills, churches, and a couple of restaurants. There’s horseback riding, wagon rides, and performances by “kozaks” who do amazing tricks on horseback.

After spending most of the day in the Ukrainian village; Galina, Juliana, and I left early to see Rodina Mat (Mother Motherland), a monumental statue in Kiev. The monument is part of the Museum of The History of Ukraine in World War II, Kiev. Once we explored the area, all of us headed back to Galina’s house to get a good night’s rest before our flight.