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Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:31 pm

Hey all!

Finally back home from Kiev but sadly not from Chernobyl. The Kiev part is still taking place as JRadier, DYflyer, Nighthawk and RJdxer are probably still enjoying Ukraine.
I don't know which number Dan called or what he tried to do about the Chernobyl trip, but I found one number at the web, we called it from Ukraine on Thursday and we got answered, even in English! The trouble is that the agency needs to get you some permit which takes time, so they were unable to organize tour for us in a weeks time.

So we say: lets go next time! This time we can make it a short over-weekend stay with one day trip to Chernobyl!

Instead of the real site we visited the Chernobyl museum. We also did plenty of walking  Smile and of course visited the Zhulyani State Aviation Museum which was a haven for aicraft lover.

Photos will come soon  Wink
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:33 pm

Quoting Zruda (Thread starter):
Instead of the real site we visited the Chernobyl museum.

So no one is coming home with deformities?

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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:47 pm

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 1):

Nope, neither we glow in dark, not this time.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:55 pm

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 1):
So no one is coming home with deformities?

Nighthawk was already deformed  Wink
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:30 pm

just one small hallo from aviation museum before pics from the real photographers arrive


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[Edited 2007-08-06 16:34:18]
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:21 am

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 1):
So no one is coming home with deformities?

Well I don't know about the rest but I am surely short a few brain cells and others are probably permantely deformed, but all for a good cause!

Left Thursday from IAH. Due to heavy loads, I had to jumpseat from IAH to BNA. Then jumpseat again from BNA to EWR. We landed on Runway 4 in EWR and that was a real thrill. Complicated approach and a short runway with a heavily loaded airplane. What Fun!! Then EWR to MXP on a CO764. I always love seeing the sun come up over the ocean.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG2954.jpg

Final approach to MXP.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG2978.jpg


AT MXP it looked as if my luck were about to run out as the transfer agent for Alitalia told me "Sorry, looking very very bad, plane is overfull". As I said in the other thread, sometimes those jumpseat privileges come in handy as they did here. Asked for and got the cockpit jumpseat but as I boarded the aircraft the steward said a seat in the forward cabin had become available and the cpt would like me to sit there. Any seat on the plane is ok with me. Don't get to see this sign everyday at U.S. airports.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG2981.jpg



Then it was on to Kiev....

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3006.jpg

Just beyond the YAK42 is the arrivals section, to the left of the curved departure hall. DO NOT follow the instruction printed on the immigration form. Fill out all the lines, even if you have no idea what your outbound flight is. Failure to do so earns you a dirty look and a brush aside to do things correctly. Also got to see the Ukrainian immigration police at work as they appeared out of nowhere, stuck a machine gun in some poor fools back, and with police dog growling at him, marched him off to a fate unkown.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3011.jpg


And on to the tourist hotel. Reminders of the old soviet way were everywhere from the decorations that survived to the women who staffed the floors handing out keys.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3017.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3033.jpg

And the whole group was finally together, Gavin already had a glow about him!

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3027.jpg

Next day it was off to the Ukrainian aviation museum. After a false start with the bus system we piled into a taxi.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3047.jpg

Lots of fine examples of Soviet era aircraft. I will put together an album and post the link later here and in General Aviation. But here are a few samples.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3087.jpg

Business first on the IL62

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3072.jpg

True economy class, bring your own damn seat!

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3074.jpg

RJdxer and Nighthawk prepare for departure.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3075.jpg

Zruda makes her truimphant arrival into Kiev. Security was holding back the throngs of adoring fans...





One for UH60....

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3104.jpg

The Mig 25...

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3105.jpg

One of my all time favorites, the TU-55 Bear. One badass bomber.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3132.jpg

And one of the ugliest I have ever seen...

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3128.jpg

Then it was off to Chernobyl museum. We didn't buy a picture permit so no pics from inside but it was very interesting.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3156.jpg

Later than night it was back to the hydropark where we were treated to a fire works display during dinner.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3158.jpg

And then Zruda learned a little Scottish!



The next day, newly found Scottish comment in hand, Zruda headed back to PRG leaving us almost totally language deficient.


http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3192.jpg

And the following day, I was off to one day hop it from KBP to IAH.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3299.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3303.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3308.jpg

A few things I learned in Kiev.

1. Ukrainians don't know how to do the Macarena.
2. Disco lives in the Ukraine.
3. The toliet is everywhere in the Ukraine
4. Skank clothing is in style, and thank God for it, in the Ukraine.
5. If you want to have a really good vacation and not spend a lot of money, head for Kiev.

A few things I will always remember about my first trip to Kiev.

1. If it looks military, don't take a picture of it.
2. Face control is not what it sounds like.
3. Hearing Gloria Gainers "I will survive" in Ukrainian. I instantly thought of STLGph.
4. Seeing the military museum at the victory monument and thinking about how delighted ANCflyer would be to walk through it and say, that one blows up real good. That one just sits there and smokes after getting popped. Oh
man, that one really goes boom!
5. Learning that there is a Scottlandia!

A real shame we couldn't get to Chernobyl but the groundwork has been laid for a successful attempt next year. Between the agency Zruda found and the friend Nighthawk and JRadier made in Kiev I'm sure we'll get out there. Start making your plans to join us now!
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:31 am

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 5):

Nice pictures. You certainly get around, don't you!

Quoting Zruda (Reply 4):

Let me be the first to say this:

You are looking better with age.
 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:00 am

Quoting Zruda (Thread starter):
I don't know which number Dan called or what he tried to do about the Chernobyl trip, but I found one number at the web, we called it from Ukraine on Thursday and we got answered, even in English! The trouble is that the agency needs to get you some permit which takes time, so they were unable to organize tour for us in a weeks time.

So we say: lets go next time! This time we can make it a short over-weekend stay with one day trip to Chernobyl!

Darn it! I tried several numbers from agencies operating tours there and just got no responses at all - same with email  Sad Still, even though you didn't manage to get to Chernobyl itself I wish I was there with you, as planned, because the trip looked great - especially the aviation museum! Although I am glad I decided not to travel as things here have been more hectic than I could have expected.

Count me in 100% for when you go back though  Smile


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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:05 am

What a pity you could not go to Chernobyl. You must've had such a great time I suppose however

P.s How great it is to be able to post up again after only teo weeks thinking it would be 2 months !!

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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:46 am

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 6):
Nice pictures.

Thanks, more than a few of them are the work of others though.

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 6):
You certainly get around, don't you!

I couldn't look myself in the mirror if I had the chance to go see Chernobyl and didn't make the attempt. I went into this meet with only one expectation and although it wasn't fulfilled, a lot of things happened that I didn't expect yet completely enjoyed. The only rotten thing out of the whole deal is that I was so focused on getting on the Air France flight Monday morning I completely forgot to change my money. The only exchange booth on the gate side of security at CDG was closed for no reason (go figure, it's France), the EWR money exchange wouldn't touch it, and I can't find any money exchange place here in Houston that will take it. So I guess I will hold on to it and that will be my stake money on arrival next year!  cheerful 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:55 am

Quoting Zruda (Thread starter):
RJdxer

Does he ever work?  duck  I swear he's at every A.net Meet.... I'm guessing someone's got a bunch of swaps to pay for in the near future. I guess by the time he works them off, it'll be time for the next LAS Meet.
 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:03 am

Ukraine and Kyiv are just the best but let's not teell too many people or it will be ruined. I thought trying to arrange a tour before arrival will be impossible and so it was, tourism doesn't really operate there yet.

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 5):
4. Skank clothing is in style, and thank God for it, in the Ukraine.

Oh yeah !!!!!!
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:19 am

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 10):
I'm guessing someone's got a bunch of swaps to pay for in the near future.

Nah, I don't like being in debt. The two days off I took were days "owed" me on trades by others! The rest were normal days off and this entire week I'm on vacation. I'm actually thinking about jumping on the bike tomorrow and riding up to Tennessee to see some friends, UH60 included if I can get a hold of him.

Don't know how I overlooked these:

I can just see Pep now going, "yeah that turret will pop just like a champagne cork if you hit the ring here just so!"

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3266.jpg

Sunday is evidently wedding day in the Ukraine. We must have seen at least 20 or more of them. The monastery was pumping them out like a Vegas wedding chapel. Outside on the street we got to see these beauties!

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3265.jpg


http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3264.jpg
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:10 am

RJ, you call the Beriev seagull ugly, shame on you!
Otherwise congrats to a nice trip, shame you didn´t make it to "da zone".
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:55 pm

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 13):
RJ, you call the Beriev seagull ugly, shame on you!

Agreed - all Berievs are ultimate cool - I want one ! But most of all I want one of these...



Especially if it comes with missiles. Imagine parking that bad boy up against the Quai des Milliardaires in Antibes ! Makes those billion dollar gin-barges look like rowing boats  biggrin 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:18 pm

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 6):

You are looking better with age.

Well, I dont know, but thanx anyway

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 5):
5. If you want to have a really good vacation and not spend a lot of money

I would say Odessa is even cheaper, especially hotel wise and its a good vacation spot as well, being on a seaside...
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:38 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 14):
Especially if it comes with missiles. Imagine parking that bad boy up against the Quai des Milliardaires in Antibes ! Makes those billion dollar gin-barges look like rowing boats

Of course most of us can just use a regular jet ski...  duck   Wink
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:18 pm

Sounds like you guys had fun!  Smile

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 5):
4. Skank clothing is in style, and thank God for it, in the Ukraine.

So where the hell are the pictures? Big grin
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:24 pm

Quoting Zruda (Reply 15):
I would say Odessa is even cheaper,

Guess I'll have to find out next year  frown . All the extra hours of work and finishing projects before I left wore me down and I did not give myself a chance to recharge before leaving. Sunday it really started to affect me so I decided to skip Odessa and Yalta and come on home. Good choice as over the Atlantic I picked up the chills and am still not quite right.

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 13):
RJ, you call the Beriev seagull ugly, shame on you!

Maybe if it's in the water it looks better, and with a coat of paint, but on land it is one ugly duck!

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 14):
Agreed - all Berievs are ultimate cool - I want one

Nah, cool is:

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3089.jpg

and for personal transportation around town and over the traffic:

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3110.jpg

Won't go fast but it's piston powered so you avoid those horrendous hot core inspections and such.

One thing DYflyer and I discussed and you can see some detail in the photos of is how a lot of these aircrafts skins look like they were made by a tin smith banging them out with a hammer over a wooden form. The skin is quite thick and for all the world looks like it has hammer impressions on it. Not your typical stress deformations.

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 14):
Makes those billion dollar gin-barges look like rowing boats

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Wouldn't it be fun to run it up to breakaway power in the no wake zone! At about 5AM? Seriously though, I thought I heard a news report last week that the Chinese were working on this design.

After going thru my pictures again I found a detail I had missed and one with a question still unanswered.

1. Taken in the IL62 cockpit by the navigators desk. When did Airbus get into IL62 production?  rotfl 

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3078.jpg

2. Taken on the 26 with the UN colors, what sort of helicopter needs foot straps on the rudder pedals? What sort of manuvering would it be doing that the g forces would be so high as to not allow the pilot to keep his feet on the pedals?

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3113.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3115.jpg

And I do love the painted instrument panel!

I leave this afternoon for the Cape in Florida. I've always wanted to watch a shuttle launch and the opportunity has arrived! Even though I am not feeling 100%, my "want" section of my brain will not leave me alone.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:40 pm

Wonderful pictures folks!  (bigthumbsup}
Looks like you all had a great time.
I love those Soviet aircraft. I was on one of those Aeroflot TU154s last summer. Those have to be the best sounding engines ever!

[Edited 2007-08-08 16:41:42]
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:30 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 16):
Of course most of us can just use a regular jet ski...

You should keep very quiet, or be subjected to lengthy and abusive vitriol regarding your extreme ineptitude as tour guide / travel planning manager. We hear you suck !  biggrin 
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:36 am

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 18):
and for personal transportation around town and over the traffic:

Looks like the old thing Ranger Smith used to fly around in Yogi Bear  rotfl 
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:23 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 20):
You should keep very quiet, or be subjected to lengthy and abusive vitriol regarding your extreme ineptitude as tour guide / travel planning manager. We hear you suck !

All I can say is that I tried my best...  Embarrassment
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:41 am

RJdxer:
Is that a ZIl, Gaz or something your standing by?
Looks like the Soviet Union's answer to a Lincoln or Mercury from the 1960s.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f294/DrHansZarkov/CIMG3265.jpg
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:57 am

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 5):
4. Skank clothing is in style, and thank God for it, in the Ukraine.

Is skank clothing the style what I call "looks like a whore"? Couldnt find that expression in the dictionary.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:15 am

Quoting Zruda (Reply 15):
Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 6):

You are looking better with age.

Well, I dont know, but thanx anyway

Let's just say that the pictures presented did you justice.

Quoting Zruda (Reply 24):
Is skank clothing the style what I call "looks like a whore"?

Yes.
 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:15 pm

Well, here i am back at work  Yeah sure . What a great trip. Already looking forward to next years trip. Had good flights home, except for getting crying babies around me on both flights this time. I think there must have been some sort of misunderstanding. It was supposed to be babe-magnet, not baby-magnet Big grin . I even got a seat at the emergency exit on the flight to Oslo. Was this your work Zruda? A little bit strange, because they wouldn´t check me in on the PRG-OSL flight in Kiev. I will see if i can post some pictures in the weekend. Have a little catching up to do on work.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:23 pm

Thats me back at work after a bit of an adventure last night.

Standing in the checkin queue at Kiev I spotted a gorgeous girl infront of me. While eyeing her up, I happened to notice her address on her customs slip.... Aberdeen! I struck up a conversation and worked my magic on her, discovering she was ukrainian born, but her mother had married a scot and moved to the Scotland 5 years ago. I then discovered she was only 15! Dammit!

While talking to her I completely missed the family trying to cut in infront of me. She checked in and dissapeared, then the family tried to check in. I stood there for half an hour while the agent tried to check in this family! I was fuming by the end, I had been one of the first in the queue, to try and get a decent seat, now it looked as if the whole plane had checked in! However i already had a seat assigned to me..... 19F... An emergency exit window seat Big grin

It wasnt the end of my woes, after arriving in EDI i dived in the car and started flooring it up the road to Aberdeen to get home for some sleep before work. At midnight just north of Dundee, i excited the roundabout and pulled out to overtake a lorry, only to blow the blasted exaust on the car! The exaust came loose and started making a hell of a rattling. I pulled over and phoned for help. An hour later the breakdown company arrived and did a patch job to get me home. Arrived home at 2am and immediately fell asleep. Managed to make it into work at 9am this morning no bother tho. Just trying to catch up on all the emails and see what disasters occured while I was away.

Despite not making it to chernobyl, it was a pretty good meet! There were a few unnexpected bonuses too, we discovered the wonders of ukrainian beaches (the women! *drool*), and at the same time met a Ukrainian who wasnt drunk and could actually speak english! He was up to watch the Dynamo Kiev vs Dnipropetrovsk football game that evening, and after a quick on the spot decision, myself and JRadier decided to join him! Needless to say The American declined the invitation to watch a proper game of football!

It was a pretty good match, and Dnipro won 3-1, despite Dynamo taking an early lead! Thats the first time Dnipro have ever beaten Dynamo!

Coming off the subway station I managed to bump into an american, and ended up heading for a few beers with him. 2 days before we leave and he tells me that ukrainian girls are pretty open when it comes to sex, and tend to sleep around a lot. He also said that you could approach any girl in the street, and for £20 she was yours for the night, although in a lot of cases they didnt even bother charging! Dammit why didnt I find that out sooner!!!

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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:02 pm

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 27):

BTW like my new sig?

you bowbag! I thought this will be forgotten for ever
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:09 pm

Quoting Zruda (Reply 28):
you bowbag! I thought this will be forgotten for ever

Nope, the events of kiev will not be forgotten that quickly....

So just relax........and take it e-e-easy...  Silly
 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:02 pm

So here I am, back in Germany. I don't have too much time right now (after all, it shouldn't start to look like work  Wink) but it surely was a great meet. Hope to see you all again sometime!
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:36 am

My turn Big grin

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v370/gavco98uk/Kiev/IMG_0465.jpg
Revolution Square


Revolution Square Monument


Monastry

The Motherland Statue (Tin tits) - Tribute To WWII

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v370/gavco98uk/Kiev/IMG_0515.jpg
View back towards the hotel from "Tin tits"

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v370/gavco98uk/Kiev/IMG_0588.jpg
Zruda hiding from the sun under an il76

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A pitty they dont have these monsters in ABZ serving the North Sea!

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An24 - Similar to the one we were about to board to Dnepropetrovsk

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Part of the graveyard at Dnepro'

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Our Yak42 back to Kiev.. taken seconds before the guards came screaming at us not to take photos!
 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:12 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 21):
Looks like the old thing Ranger Smith used to fly around in Yogi Bear

Thank you, I could not remember where I had seen this particular helicopter before!!! All that's missing is the rope ladder and picinic basket'.  rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Quoting Zruda (Reply 24):
Is skank clothing the style what I call "looks like a whore"?

Yes, and God love them for it!

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 27):
Standing in the checkin queue at Kiev I spotted a gorgeous girl infront of me.

Like that was a real challenge in that country!  rotfl 

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 27):
Needless to say The American declined the invitation to watch a proper game of football!

Lets see, football without pads or girls with hardly any bathing suits on, now that's a tough choice!
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Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:28 am

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 27):
He also said that you could approach any girl in the street, and for ?20 she was yours for the night, although in a lot of cases they didnt even bother charging!

Please don't believe this bullshit, if they take money for it then that's called a prostitute and yes they have them in Ukraine but if you think that's almost anyone you're in for a kicking !

The girls there are pretty up for it but offering money isn't a great idea. Personally i thgink the action on Union street is easier if less stunning.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:56 pm

Finally some spare-time since i got home. Got time to go through my pictures, so here is a couple from me.

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-031.jpg
Nighthawk, Zruda and JRadier checking out some old Soviet material.

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-077.jpg
Eternal (?) Flame of Glory  

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-106.jpg
Strange things hovering above us

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-128.jpg
Hidropark at sunset, taken from my hotel-room

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-195.jpg
Captain Radier

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-393.jpg
Jeans.com street-party. Nighthawk and JRadier, see what you are missing when you don´t come walking with Zruda and me?

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-404.jpg
An old cistern

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-463.jpg
Sunset (or nuclear explosion) in Kiev

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Beer-wagon. Also in the background one of Kiev´s 19 McDonalds. We found 12 of them   . When we came out from the metro-station in the background we were approached by a woman trying to get customers to a dating-company. See what happens when you leave us early Zruda? Thank god she wasn´t a good choice to market this type of service though  . Otherwise we would probably still be trapped there.

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-489.jpg
Thinking of attacking the Parliament. See Zruda, i did get them to do some walking even after you left (only on Sunday though).

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-536.jpg

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-547.jpg
St. Michael's cathedral. Taken from the bell-tower of St. Sophia's cathedral. The building with the pillars to the left is the ministry of foreign affairs.

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-555.jpg
Not only old copies of western cars here.

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-556.jpg
Plenty of nice churches in Kiev

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-560.jpg

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-561.jpg

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-575.jpg
Boarding the plane to DNK

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Takeoff from KBP. In the background there are IL62s being scrapped   

http://www.bekkan.info/kiev/airl/kiev-591.jpg
Nighthawk and me enjoying our flight to DNK. And for the record, the woman next to me is sleeping, not trying to avoid being taken photo of.

Well, that was the pictures from me. As you have guessed, we had a great time there. Kiev is definately worth a visit, and i am already looking forward to next years trip (this time hopefully with some radiation).

[Edited 2007-08-11 17:13:49]
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:54 am

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 34):
See Zruda, i did get them to do some walking even after you left

WHAT? I'm pretty sure I had the map and was dragging you all around? Even Jim was complaining  Wink. Got to agree tho, you didn't complain  Wink.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:52 am

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 34):
See Zruda, i did get them to do some walking even after you left (only on Sunday though).

thank you Rune Big grin

and thanx to Jurgen as well for taking the guiding role after me .)
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:00 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 35):
WHAT? I'm pretty sure I had the map and was dragging you all around?

Either Zruda had put a spell on the map, or it was just to make sure we took the shortest route.  Wink Besides you got so worn out that you had to sleep half of the Monday.  duck 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:20 am

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 37):
Besides you got so worn out that you had to sleep half of the Monday. duck

Well, that was only after walking around the stadium for a gazillion times, which you conviniently missed!  Wink
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:51 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 38):
which you conviniently missed!

Like i am ever gone spend time watching football. Much less pay to watch it. I rather stay at the beach, drinking beer and look at the gir.. err... get to know the locals better  Wink
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:26 pm

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 39):

Like i am ever gone spend time watching football. Much less pay to watch it. I rather stay at the beach, drinking beer and look at the gir.. err... get to know the locals better Wink

and they call me lazy.....  Wink
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:06 pm

Quoting JRadier (Reply 38):
Well, that was only after walking around the stadium for a gazillion times, which you conviniently missed!

damn that blasted edward! not only did he make us walk round the stadium 3 bloody times, but he also made us walk miles just to find a pub!!! Grrr!

I wonder if he ever checked out a.net? Big grin
 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:43 pm

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 17):
So where the hell are the pictures?

I'm smart enough to know what not to take pictures of.  wink 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
Is that a ZIl, Gaz or something your standing by?

Ya got me. For sure the sheet metal making up the skin is thick as all hell. It would eat a hybrid and keep on going!

Quoting JRadier (Reply 40):
and they call me lazy.....

Well I'll stick with DYflyer, that's my kind of lazy! wink 

Let's start thinking about convenient dates for next year. If we start with a couple of months and then narrow it down as we go along, it makes it much easier for me at least.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:28 pm

Quoting RJdxer (Reply 42):
Let's start thinking about convenient dates for next year. If we start with a couple of months and then narrow it down as we go along, it makes it much easier for me at least.

*places hand in a hat and picks out a set of dates*
Friday 13th June, 2008 - Sunday 15th June, 2008.

Theres our winner Big grin You've got a whole year to ask for the time off, so no excuses...

BTW i spent all of last night looking at Google Earth images of Pripyat and Chernobyl :'(
 
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:58 pm

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 43):
*places hand in a hat and picks out a set of dates*
Friday 13th June, 2008 - Sunday 15th June, 2008.

I could probably make that, school wise.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:15 am

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 43):
*places hand in a hat and picks out a set of dates*
Friday 13th June, 2008 - Sunday 15th June, 2008.

Since it is early, most dates would probably work out for me. I think it would be most difficult to get time of from work in July. Just as important question is whether this should be combined with a visit to Russia, as some suggested? I think i would prefer to do for example Kiev/Chernobyl in June, and combining this with a few days in Odessa first. Then Russia in lets say August.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:49 am

Looks like I missed a good meet  Sad



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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:07 am

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 45):

that would definitely suit me  Smile
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:32 am

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 46):
Looks like I missed a good meet Sad

It doesn't just look like it.

Small feat: I transfered my pics to my PC. I'm working my ass off however, so don't expect something anytime soon  Wink.
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RE: Kiev And Non-Chernobyl Meet Aftermath

Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:04 am

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 43):
Friday 13th June, 2008 - Sunday 15th June, 2008.

Who cares about luck? Sounds good to me. If my plans work out I won't have any vacation next year since I will have started a new job but I will find a way to trade the days off.

Quoting DYflyer (Reply 45):
Just as important question is whether this should be combined with a visit to Russia, as some suggested?

After seeing what was at the Hydropark, I'm going the other way if I have time and make it to Odessa and Yalta. I wish I would have gutted it out and done it this time.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 46):
Looks like I missed a good meet

Where the @#$% have you been?

Quoting JRadier (Reply 48):
Small feat: I transfered my pics to my PC.

Well I know now that the dutch like to save a buck but if you would upgrade from that commodore things might go a little faster!  wink 
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