February – March 2014

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Intro

Samer:  “Wow, with everything going on in Russia before the Olympics, it’s a good thing I’m gonna be in Ukraine most of the trip!”

Right… well, this was definitely an unexpectedly exciting trip.  I knew there was some civil unrest in Ukraine but it had been relatively uneventful since it began in November, so I was not prepared for what was about to happen!  Turns out Sochi was great.  Everything was so well done; it was safe, beautiful, well-organized — it was everywhere else I went that was the problem!

Following a brief Valentine’s Day stopover in London, I ‘hung out’ in Kyiv‘s Independence Square (Maidan) with the protesters — 3 days later, violence broke out leaving hundreds of people killed or injured.  From Kyiv, I flew to Donetsk.  Just 6 days later, President Yanukovich, after being ousted from power, fled Kyiv to his hometown near Donetsk.  From Donetsk, I crossed the border into Rostov-on-Don, Russia.  That’s right — Rostov is where Yanukovich went into exile, likely crossing the same border I crossed!

Finally in Russia, I felt safe to be out of this part of Ukraine, and after the Olympics, was really looking forward to spending some time in beautiful Crimea (!!!) after a quick stopover in Moscow.  Yes, Crimea.  While in Sevastopol, I saw pro-Russian protests, but never would

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1London, EnglandFebruary 14, 2014February 15, 2014
    2Kyiv, UkraineFebruary 15, 2014February 15, 2014
    3Donetsk, UkraineFebruary 15, 2014February 16, 2014
    4Rostov-on-Don, RussiaFebruary 16, 2014February 17, 2014
    5Krasnodar, RussiaFebruary 17, 2014February 17, 2014
    6Sochi, RussiaFebruary 17, 2014February 20, 2014
    7Moscow, RussiaFebruary 20, 2014February 21, 2014
    8Simferopol, CrimeaFebruary 21, 2014February 21, 2014
    9Bakhchysarai, CrimeaFebruary 21, 2014February 21, 2014
    10Sevastopol, CrimeaFebruary 21, 2014February 21, 2014
    11Yalta, CrimeaFebruary 21, 2014February 21, 2014
    12Simferopol, CrimeaFebruary 21, 2014February 22, 2014
    13Kyiv, UkraineFebruary 22, 2014February 22, 2014
    14Odessa, UkraineFebruary 22, 2014February 23, 2014
    15Tiraspol, TransnistriaFebruary 23, 2014February 23, 2014
    16Bendery, TransnistriaFebruary 23, 2014February 23, 2014
    17Chisinau, MoldovaFebruary 23, 2014February 24, 2014
    18Capriana, MoldovaFebruary 24, 2014February 24, 2014
    19Hancu, MoldovaFebruary 24, 2014February 24, 2014
    20Iași, RomaniaFebruary 24, 2014February 25, 2014
    21Bucharest, RomaniaFebruary 25, 2014February 26, 2014
    22London, EnglandFebruary 26, 2014February 26, 2014

    Featured Image

    Yenakiieve, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine

    Walking on water with ice fishermen outside the city of Yenakiieve, Ukraine — the hometown of Viktor Yanukovich, President of Ukraine at the time, who will be ousted from power and heading ‘home’ on his way to exile in Russia, just TWO days after taking this picture.

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