The first time I visited Ukraine, I came through Krakow, Poland and visited the western Ukrainian city of L'viv. After my time in L'viv, I went deeper into Ukraine and after an overnight train ride from L'viv, made it to Kyiv. It was winter time and the Maidan revolution had just recently occurred. Ukraine -a newly formed country after the dissolution of the USSR- was moving towards allying with NATO and the west. The Ukrainian president was Victor Yanukovich. He appeared to be a Russian puppet and had refused to sign an agreement with the European Union in favor of allying the country more with Russia. The people did not want to be aligned with Russia since not too long ago, the soviet government under Stalin committed a genocide against Ukraine in a forced mass starvation of the population. This genocide is known as the Terror Famine or Holodomor. When it became clear Yanukovich was controlled by Russia, mass
I had a short time to explore this beautiful city. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and when I was there it was super peaceful, low-stress, and calm. It had Soviet architecture here and there, mixed with classical European architecture. One of the Soviet buildings that stood out the most was the "UFO" Bridge. The soviets really liked to elevate their concrete buildings and so in this case they built an observation tower on this bridge that really looks like some kind of ufo. I've seen this soviet ufo style in other countries too, interesting!
I spent a few days exploring Vienna, Austria and it was a beautiful city with so much history and interesting places to see. View my photo gallery below!