Kiev, Ukraine


Our room at Hotel Ukraina in Kiev. Yes, the photo is dark... but the door out of the foyer has an interesting melted glass design. The hotel has a feeling of decaying grandeur but the furniture in the room resembles that in American university dorm rooms. I think our interior was forest green.

One of the desk receptionists gave me a magazine that targeted... well, carpetbaggers, as Dan liked to call them. We were almost the only Westerners in Kiev, and were eyed warily.

Another general Ukrainian publication I purchased in the hotel bookstore targeted tourists from the northern states and painted an rosy picture of Ukraine's economic prospects and future as a tourist mecca...