I’m writing this in Gatwick Airport in London surrounded by giant Christmas trees, and for the first time in 5 months, ACTUAL NATIVE ENGLISH CONVERSATION.
Ahhhhhhh, I didn’t expect that to be so refreshing.
I finally figured out why there are two spellings of Kyiv/Kiev, the first is the Ukrainian spelling and the latter is Russian.
They’re understandably trying to rebrand as Kyiv while the death toll rises in the east vs. Russia.
So Kyiv is fighting a war in the east, and its government is also fighting a war against its people in the capital.
To recap, protesters took to the streets Occupy Wallstreet style in 2015 for two months to kick their President out of office. It worked. But many lives were lost at the hands of police against the people.
And now their new President is trying to vote out the Anti-Corruption laws put in place to make sure the same mistakes never happen again.
And so now the citizens are once again taking to the streets. There’s a protest camp set up in front of city hall. And people are digging up bricks from the sidewalk to arm themselves against police.
That sounds like a good cue for me to head to the airport early.
Not to get super political, that’s not what I enjoy writing about usually, but it’s what I came across here in this developing country. And now it’s what I’m trying to understand. In my naive Canadian way.
Oh yah, and before I left Ukraine I saw this incredible Cold Wave band perform live that some people on Twitter are accusing of being Kremlin agents for Russia lol, but I’ll save that for next time.