Month: October 2015

14th October

Since late 2013 and the start of the Ukrainian revolution, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been fighting to save their country from the corrupt, criminal, psychopathic and violent. Many thousands have died and countless more have been injured or left without husbands, wives, lovers, friends and children. These Ukrainians (and a few brave foreigners) fought so that people like me can sit in Kyiv drinking coffee and talking about travel apps, so that Podil’s hipsters can ride around on their bikes talking about tattoos, and so the noisy kids in the school next to our office inherit a country that is both freer, safer and more prosperous than the Ukraine of the past 20 years.

Perhaps, as a result of their fight, a future me wont sit here in Kyiv feeling sad that so many of his favourite Ukrainians are abroad. Perhaps a future Ukrainian will be able to live, work, travel and study with the ease that we can in ‘the west’. Perhaps the gap that exists between Ukraine’s obscenely rich and nefarious and the tragically poor will be reduced by enough to provide basic support and shelter for those who currently have no access to effective healthcare or social support.

Perhaps or perhaps not, but as today is ‘Defenders day‘ – here’s to everyone who fought and continues to fight for a better Ukraine.

Enjoy your day-off and Slava Ukraini!

14th October

Since late 2013 and the start of the Ukrainian revolution, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been fighting to save their country from the corrupt, criminal, psychopathic and violent. Many thousands have died and countless more have been injured or left without husbands, wives, lovers, friends and children. These Ukrainians (and a few brave foreigners) fought so that people like me can sit in Kyiv drinking coffee and talking about travel apps, so that Podil’s hipsters can ride around on their bikes talking about tattoos, and so the noisy kids in the school next to our office inherit a country that is both freer, safer and more prosperous than the Ukraine of the past 20 years.

Perhaps, as a result of their fight, a future me wont sit here in Kyiv feeling sad that so many of his favourite Ukrainians are abroad. Perhaps a future Ukrainian will be able to live, work, travel and study with the ease that we can in ‘the west’. Perhaps the gap that exists between Ukraine’s obscenely rich and nefarious and the tragically poor will be reduced by enough to provide basic support and shelter for those who currently have no access to effective healthcare or social support.

Perhaps or perhaps not, but as today is ‘Defenders day‘ – here’s to everyone who fought and continues to fight for a better Ukraine.

Enjoy your day-off and Slava Ukraini!

Done

On 6 September 2015 I arrived in Odessa 2100km after leaving Budapest a month earlier.

Along the way, there were:
27 sunny days (+ 1 rainy day)
7 countries
1 puncture
3 million lemonades
2 tired legs

It was hard work but a lot of fun and cycling was a great way to travel but also soak-up some of the atmosphere of life along the Danube which is, for a river, ridiculously long.

Here’s the final selfie as proof

Odessa selfie - 6th September 2015.

Odessa selfie – 6th September 2015.

One day in the future i’ll post the videos too, but for now its back to the real world and back to work…

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