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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Active Kyiv


Horseback riding is quickly becoming a favourite pastime here in Kyiv, popular with foreigners and locals alike. In large part, its thanks to the growing number of facilities available. But as Alexsey Butenko, owner of the luxurious Butenko Stables points out, its also because there are no age limits or gender differentiations. So get out there and saddle up at any one of these local stables, where the perfect horse is waiting to take you for a ride.

Kashtanovaya 15, Veremya village
This is probably one of the best-kept stables in the Kyiv region, with an eco-friendly restaurant, lake for fishing, petting zoo, hotel and more on site. For those looking to get serious with their riding on one of their 40 horses, this would be a good place to start.
Individual lesson: 170hrv/hour
Individual trail ride: 300hrv/hour
Subscription (10 lessons): 1,500hrv

Lipnyeva 1, Chubynskoe village
In addition to walks in the woods, this club caters to the semi-professional rider, with state of the art facilities to improve your skills. When not on your horse, take time to enjoy a drink at their restaurant, or stay the night in their newly renovated hotel.
Individual lesson: 295hrv/45min
Individual trail ride: 489/1 hour 40 min

Trukhaniv Island, Kyiv
If youre a city mouse and dont feel like travelling too far to lope around for the afternoon, Argamak, located on Trukhaniv Island, is just the place. However, be forewarned: there is little more than horses and the necessary equipment to ride at this rodeo, which makes the cowboy experience that much more authentic.
Individual lesson: 200hrv/hour
Subscription (8 lessons): 800hrv

Desnaynskaya 16, Kyiv
This equestrian/entertainment complex allows those who love the outdoors the opportunity to convene with Mother Nature. Take one of their 10 horses or two ponies on a trail ride through the forest and along the lake, and then kick back and relax in any one of their specially designed pavilions.
Individual lesson: 180hrv/hour (weekday), 210hrv/hour (weekend)
Individual trail ride (13 ppl): 150hrv/hour (weekday), 180hrv/hour (weekend)
Group trail ride (4+ ppl): 130hrv/hour (weekday), 170hrv/hour (weekend)
Subscription (8 lessons): 1,000hrv+

Rancho Bolivar
Shchorsa 114, Zdorovka village
Looking to brush up on your equestrian skills? This is just the place! This club specialises in show jumping, dressage, horse runs and has all the required equipment for their nine horses and five ponies. With a restaurant, hiking trails, a swimming pool and more on site, spend the whole day and never be at a loss for something to do.
Individual lesson: 500hrv/hour
Individual trail ride: 150hrv/hour (weekday), 200hrv/hour (weekend)

Pony Club
Kasiyana 1, Kyiv
This is a great club for parents who want their kids to learn to ride while having fun in the process. In addition to individual lessons on the clubs well-behaved ponies, this venue also has an entertainment centre for your little ones, which operates three times per week for a stretch of 4 to 5 hours (the cost of this service is 800hrv/month).
Individual lesson (regular clients): 100hrv/hour
Individual lesson (one-time clients): 250hrv/hour

Boyarka village
One of the best things about this horse club is its prices, not to mention the great shape of the horses. The staff here are also very flexible and willing to book in new clients at any time or day.
Individual lesson: 100hrv/hour
Individual trail ride: 150hrv/hour

Bucha village
In addition to paintball, a Russian banya and a restaurant complex, you will also find stables at Cascade, just a 20-minute ride outside of the city. The location is convenient (if you have a car) and the prices are right, plus you can continue to play or opt to chill once youve demounted.
Individual lesson: 80hrv/hour
Individual trail ride: 100hrv/hour

Vyshgorodska 85a, Kyiv
The great thing about this club is that it combines equestrian professionalism with convenience of location, situated as it is in the forested region of Obolon. With nearly 50 horses of varying skill and ability, take a ride through the woodland or take a lesson in the arena either way, its a great chance to get out of the city and enjoy a little leisurely time.
Individual lesson: 150hrv/30min, 300hrv/hour
Individual trail ride: 125hrv/30min, 250hrv/hour

Golden Horse
Limonosovka 1, Tarasovka village
This is one of our favourite spots to mount up. The area is beautiful, the staff friendly and the animals, while fewer in number than other stables perhaps, are very sociable. Here, you will learn the basics of riding, so that youll be confident and fully prepared for the beauty that lies in your walk in the woods.
Individual lesson: 150hrv/hour
Trial subscription (6 lessons/2 months): 600hrv
Regular subscription (11 lessons/3 months): 1,000hrv

Silver Horses
Nebelitsa village
Regardless of whether youre looking for a place to improve your riding skills or just get out and have a good time on your horse, this club is a great place to start. The management are relaxed but responsible and will help you get started or continue your equestrian education.
Individual lesson: 300hrv/hour
Individual trail ride: 300hrv/1.5 hours

Butenko Stables
Komsomolskaya 12b, Protsev village
Butenko Stables is certainly one of the countrys more elite of venues, offering all manner of services for one and all and in every age group. One of those they are most proud of is their Childrens Horseback Riding School, which includes pickup, individual lesson, dinner and drop-off, and all for the reasonable price of 500hrv. This programme runs every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Want to take the work out of riding?
Check out www.mysteriouskiev.com/excursions/creative-tours/75249
This travel company, with its site in English, has a number of options for you to enjoy the afternoon on horseback. Just a 32km ride outside of the city in the direction of Myslyvsky Hutir, you need no experience, however, regulations require its participants are 14-years or older. Choose from an hour in the arena or up to three hours on a trail ride. No matter how long your ride, youll no doubt enjoy the afternoon.
Individual lesson: 200hrv/hour
Individual trail ride: 230hrv/1 hour, 410hrv/2 hours, 590hrv/3 hours

Lana Nicole

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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