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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ukraine Travel

Sleeping on a Budget

Coming to Kyiv from various ports of call can and does include certain costs. Youll be happy to know, however, that your sleeping arrangements dont have to be included in your bigger expenses. The Ukrainian capital has picked up on the influx of tourists over recent years, and offering travellers a more affordable option when it comes to where you lay your head, the hostels of Kyiv are affordable, (mostly) clean, and open for business.

HI Hostel Really Central Kyiv
(B Khmelnytskoho 10, 2nd floor, apt 50), 098-263-6506
Ukrainian and German owned and operated, this centrally-located hostel is one of the more recommended by travellers on the tourist trail. They can organise tours to various points of interest and on top of all of the amenities they offer, their staff are very amiable and ready to help 24/7.
Beds start from 145hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens and towels
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Air conditioning
In-room security lockers  
Washer and dryer
New beds
Wheelchair accessible

Kyiv Lodging Hostel
(Pushkinska 5, 2nd floor, apt 10), 093-813-3958
Looking for a location only minutes away from the main street of the city? Then this is the place for you! Fluent in English, this is probably one of the only venues that will offer you a long cool one (were talking about beer) upon arrival, and with no curfew (unlike mom and dads place), you can stay out as long as you like! When they are full, however, access to toilets and showers does get tricky.
Beds start from 56hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens and towels
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Air conditioning
Guest kitchen
Washer and dryer
Bicycle hire
24-hour hot water

Yaroslav International Youth Hostel 
(Yaroslavska 10, 1st floor), 044-331-0260
Located on a busy street in the heart of historical Kyiv, Podil, many of Kyivs notable sights are within walking distance; as is the metro to get you to the ones that arent. Within the hostel itself, much of the furniture is new, so you wont have to worry about anything breaking down during your stay, and with only 2 4 beds/room, privacy here is valued more than in other hostels. 
Beds start from 80hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens and towels
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Guest kitchen
In-room security lockers  
Automated laundry
24-hour hot water

International Youth Hostel
(Artema 52a, corpus 2, 8th floor), 039-491-0954
Located just behind the US Consulate, the building itself is next to the picturesque Pokrovskiy Monastery and is within walking distance to the downtown and/or metro stations. Most people see it as a good gateway to the city, so if youre not averse to doing a little navigating, then the staff will treat you right and help you wherever they can. 
Beds start from 125hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens and towels
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Restaurant/bar
Guest kitchen
Automated laundry
24-hour hot water

Hostelukraine Kyiv Backpackers 
(Yaroslaviv Val 28, 4th floor, apt 13), 093-813-3959
Located along a street boasting many of the embassies in Kyiv, Hostelukraine Kyiv Backpackers is easily within walking distance to anything in the downtown area. One of the things they are quite proud of is their multi-lingual staff as well as their no curfew and no lockout rule. Which, incidentally, is one of the things past guests did have problems with, as there as a no-lock policy applied to sleeping quarters as well. 
Beds start at 45hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens and towels
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Digital cable
Book exchange

Kyiv Central Station
(Gogolivska 25, apt 15), 098-669-4783
Some hostels are meant for sleeping and storing your stuff, while some are meant to augment your experience. The Kyiv Central Station is all about the experience while allowing you to feel good about leaving your valuables in a safe place. Helped immensely by a Brazilian biker who now calls Kyiv home, there isnt much you wont come across should you choose the Kyiv Central Station as your point of reference while here in the capital. PS they know exactly how many bottles of beer and/or vodka fits in their fridge if thats any indication as to their dedication.
Beds start at 97hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens and towels
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Guest kitchen
Breakfast included
Automated laundry

Chillout Hostel Kyiv
(Gorkoho 22b/35), 093-332-4306
Run by a couple of Polish girls here in the city, their stomping grounds are definitely within walking distance to just about anything you need in the downtown area. They seem ready and willing to help with any problems you might face and are even willing to take guests out for a night on the town. Speaking English, Polish and Ukrainian, they get a long with just about everybody, and as their rooms are quite newly renovated, your stay at Chillout is sure to be a good one. 
Beds start at 129hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens 
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Guest kitchen
Breakfast included
Automated laundry
Hookah 

HI Happy People Hostel
(Mikhalivska 24v, 3rd floor, apt 27), 098-263-6507
Basically on the main square of Kyiv, the Happy People Hostel is German/Ukrainian owned and operated, and as they opened just last year, much of their appliances and furniture are fairly new. This place prides itself on its friendly service, safety, cleanliness and efficiency, so if youre looking for a good experience without experiencing the cost of hotels, this may be the place for you! 
Beds start at 129hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens 
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Guest kitchen
Outdoor terraced area

Podol Hostel
(Mezhihirska 26/24, apt 19), 093-576-7704
Newly and nicely renovated, this hostel is a welcome relief to those trying to stay away from the city centre, while staying close enough should the decision be made to take in the hustle and bustle of the downtown. Just a ten minute walk from the Dnipro River, the historical life that surrounds this little spot is truly enchanting. The setup is closer to an apartment, however, so dont be surprised if you end up sleeping in the same room as the owner. That said, she is quite friendly...
Beds start at 126hrv
Services include:
Linens 
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Guest Kitchen
Automated laundry

Kyiv Art Hostel
(Konstantynivska 20, apt 29), 050-671-0598
As its name suggests, there is a little bit of an artsy feel to this place, which may be due at least in part to the 100-year old building in which it resides. To preserve this atmosphere there is a no-smoking/no alcohol restriction is in place, however, cocktail parties are often held each Saturday, so there is a good chance to better get to know the people youre staying with. Located in the historical district that is Podil, most everything is within walking distance, and as the staff seem to be more than willing to help you out with directions, youre sure to stay on the right path.
Beds start at 104hrv
Services include:
24-hour security
Linens 
Internet access (Wi-Fi)
Guest kitchen
Restaurant 
Air conditioning
Pool table

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    Ukraine Truth
    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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    Pulling Strings
    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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