Ukraine always throws a good party.
However last year, I was in Kiev during Independence Day awaiting new information regarding my upcoming site transfer- stressed and recovering from the break-in so I couldn’t really enjoy the party.
But, yesterday I was able to enjoy the party in a uniquely Ukrainian fashion.
I’ve never seen so many Ukrainians on Khreschatyk Street (Kiev’s main street)/Independence Square, in my life.
Or snapped so many photos in my life…
Whatever it is… I’m feeling extremely sentimental. So I apologize in advance for how uber cheesy this blog will be.
Like most Ukrainian parties- Ukraine’s birthday is no different there are games…
(As well as fireworks later at night).
There is something special about celebrating independence and freedom with your host country nationals.
Seeing that sense of unity and patriotism… expressed.
And being apart of a party which shut down Kiev’s main street for a day…
As well as watching those tender moments between families enjoying the day from afar.
Before I came to Ukraine I only knew that Ukraine was the home of Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul, and that Ukraine was home to the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
And I still called Ukraine “The Ukraine“.
Now after 2 years I can tell my friends and family…
Ukrainians are some of the world’s best hosts… and I’m so happy I came here.
To this country.
To these people.
I have grown so much in this country…
In ways I never thought possible. Because of Ukraine I have learned how to be better and not bitter.
Happy birthday Ukraine! Wishing you many more birthdays, years of peace, and friendship always! 🙂
THANK YOU! I’ll treasure my time here always!
(Each of the birds displayed one of Ukraine’s different ‘oblasts’. Oblasts are like States)