Last night we went for a rainy walk downtown. M, a former colleague, had popped into Ukraine for a quick visit from the chaos and crammed metros of Russia's capital.
|M and me|
It was nice to finally be able to stroll through Freedom Square as it had been fenced off for so long. I'm sure they opened the square up well before New Year's Eve but with all the traveling we've done lately, this is the first time we'd been in the city center for weeks.
If you hadn't noticed from the billion horse-themed products everywhere, it's definitely year of the horse.
Despite it being Christmas Eve, even Santa stopped by for a quick visit to the ёлка (Christmas tree)!
|Extreme illumination seems to be the trend this year.|
Afterwards we had a very soggy walk through Park Shevchenko, where the figures lined up around the namesake statue seemed eerily real in the glow of the nearby lamps.
Before heading home we sought shelter (and dessert!) in this place-
|The Gogol Café on Sumskaya Street|
Anyway, Merry Christmas one more time!! : )