Kyiv – Day 6/21 – Beach

With the warm and sunny weather we are having in Kyiv, I thought I would go to the beach. “Hold on,” I hear the geographically gifted object, “Kyiv is not by the sea.”

Well, actually it kind of is because the Dnieper river connects the city with the Black Sea and is wide enough to allow large ships to come all the way up here.

Dnieper 1Dnieper 2

If you want to catch a boat, this is the port, although it didn’t seem to be very active.

Hafen

And indeed, there are beaches.

beach 1beach 2beach 3

There used to be ice on the river in winter, as shown in this painting by Ivan Aivazovsky from 1872. But nowadays, both the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the nuclear waste dump of Prydniprovsky chemical plant are keeping the water warmer than usual.

aivazovsky_ice_on_dnipro

But even ice wouldn’t have stopped the old lady I saw on Trukhaniv Island. I was sitting there, reading a book and smoking a cigar, thinking I am the only person enjoying the beach. An old lady with a woolen cap and a thick purple jacket walked down to the river, probably oblivious to my presence, took off her clothes (there was a really chilly wind which made me shiver despite wearing all my clothes), and went swimming. The exercise lasted only about ten seconds, but still, I was impressed. She got dressed again and continued with her daily routine, probably going to the post office or shopping.

The water temperate of the river in December is 3 degrees Celsius, and that’s already with radioactivity.

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About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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8 Responses to Kyiv – Day 6/21 – Beach

  1. Too cold for a swim for me! Beautiful pictures. I love being able to travel vicariously through other’s stories and pictures. I ‘travelled’ to Bergen, Norway a couple hours ago.

  2. Too cold for me. Perhaps also too radioactive.

    Nice book. Should I add it to the thirty I saved up for the remainder of the year?

    • I don’t think so. It’s outdated and although it could be a primer for someone visiting Eastern Europe for the first time, it’s rather repetitive in its approach to each country. Far too much emphasis on data and statistics. Lastly, the author seems to have a rather macho approach to women.

      A much better book, although on Europe as a whole, is “In Europe” by Geert Mak.

    • Thanks. Saves me time.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The beach house made me think of the Bondi Beach House….

  4. Pingback: Kiew – Tag 10/21 – Strand | Der reisende Reporter

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