While we're awaiting to hear from the SDA to issue us an invitation over (it will be 3 weeks since we resubmitted the corrected pages of our dossier - not that we're counting), I've been reading up some more on Kiev: Ukraine's capital.
Over 3 million citizens live in this city, which is located on the Dnepr River.
Kiev is called "the mother of Slavic cities."
It is located in the north central part of Ukraine (the country itself is the size of Texas).
The city was named after Kyi, one of its founders.
Kiev is one of the oldest cities in Europe, dating back to the late 9th century.
Unlike in the United States, New Year is one of their most important celebrations and that is when they give gifts.
The third most visited McDonald's in the world is in Kiev. Benjamin was very happy to hear this and his response was, "We have to go there!" His mother and I, however, are looking forward to trying Ukrainian food.
The city is represented by two major parts: the right bank of the Dnieper, which is the old downtown, and the Left Bank, which became part of the city only during the 20th century.
The deepest subway station is in Kiev: it is the Arsenal’na metro station, which goes as deep as 105 meters or 315 feet.
Although Russian is prevalent, Ukrainian is the official language.
The predominant religious group is Christian Orthodox and there are numerous monasteries and cathedrals to see in the city.
One of my favorite authors, Mikhail Bulgakov, was born there. He was the author of The Master and Margarita, as well as the most important novel about the October Revolution entitled White Guard. There is a museum to him there and it is one of the places I definitely plan to visit.
Another is the market at Andrew's Descent where one can by many traditional items, such as matryoshka dolls.
The average maximum temperature when we'll be there will be 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Very cold for someone who has grown up in the South and it means we will have to buy real winter clothes before we leave (I don't think me pea-coat nor my Christopher Robin coat will cut it there).
This is how we'd hoped to see Kiev:
This is how it will probably look while we're there:
Well, Benjamin always complains how we don't tend to get much, if any, snow during our winters here, so this should pretty much make up for that.
Whatever the weather, we wait with great hope and anticipation for the time when we will finally go. It will definitely be an adventure.