Trip to Kyiv (Kiev)

A trip to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, in the spring of 2009. The city is breathtaking, built in a grand style over a magnificent series of ridges overlooking the Dnipro river. The streets in the center are wide and clean, and filled with people walking about day and night. There are scores of beautiful sites, including St. Sophia cathedral - a World Heritage Site, with impressive frescoes from the middle ages. The city is still in transition, almost 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. There is a statue of Lenin not far from a popular McDonald's -- which makes a visit there all the more fascinating.