Ukraine, part 2

Not too much new to report since the last update. We've been on a river tour -- jet skis are much more popular on the Dneper than the Thames -- and seen rather a lot of churches and cathedrals, all of which were pretty cool. Last night we went for a swim at midnight in the pool attached to my host's apartment building, but I'm saving up the details for yet more blackmail opportunities. Suffice to say: button-operated waterfalls are exactly as fun as they sound.

This afternoon we are flying to Kharkov, Ukraine's second city and Mikey's former home town, to meet various (allegedly English-speaking) people and see a bit more of Ukraine beyond the capitalist playground that is Kiev. We will be driving back, to see a bit more of the countryside as well.