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Snow in Kiev

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Weekend just gone, decided to pop over to Ukraine for the weekend, and see what I can sort out about all this Kerch situation that’s going on!!! But really, popped over to see the missus.

kuev has just had the first serious snow storm of the winter season the night I flew out there, so the entire airport was on a 2 hour delay with flights. One runway was completely snowed in and not even touched by machine to clear the snow, whilst the one we landed on was covered in snow too, but you couldn’t even see the markings or runway lights at all. Aircraft parking apron snowed in too!!!!

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The exit road out the airport and the motorway into Kiev were in the same situation, no snowploughing anywhere. Was an interesting drive into town. Stayed at the ibis near the train station, so the airport bus (at 100UAH each, £2.90) was the way to go as the last stop is right next door to this hotel.

Carried on snowing lightly for the rest of the day, with very low cloud in the evening, made for some good photos with the light reflecting back of the cloud and onto the snow. 

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Next day the weather was better. Clear skies, but bloody cold. Daytime temp never got above -12oc!!!! Ended up doing our usual walk around the main tourist sights in Kiev, from Maiden, up the hill to the churches at the top, around the UK embassy and down the steep hill into the Podol area of Kiev, and then down to the river. Ended the day off going to the Ocean Plaza shopping mall, which only 2 days before had been occupied by some Ukrainian extremist group demanding the mall back to Ukrainian owners! Apparently the mall is owned by some big time Russian!

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Came home Monday. Arrived at the airport in Kiev to discover the new railway line to the airport is now opened and functioning. Might have to look into that about fares and timings fir the next trip. Train station located right outside the terminal entrance, so that’s good. At least the airport staff had cleared some snow away from the flight apron at last!

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15 minutes ago, Thai Spice said:

Shit, that must be cold !

Nice pics , specially the ones at night.

Thanks for your time !

 

Hell yeah it was cold. -12oC in the daytime and -18oC at night!!

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Nice pics mate thanks for posting.

Them eastern Europeans can do proper snow. Several years ago I was trying to get from Stavanger in Norway to Thailand via Amsterdam. All flights to Schiphol were cancelled due to snow over Holland. To try help me make the Bangkok flight they re routed me via Riga, Latvia. The idea being Schiphol might be open by then. 

Got to Riga and it was a white out. Three times they put us on a coach to board the flight to Schiphol with a snow plough in front clearing the way only to be turned back to the terminal because Schiphol was closed. Finally got there too late for my China Airlines flight to Bangkok to find about 2cm of snow.

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Some great photographs there.  I enjoyed going through them.  It makes one think that in UK if we have four inches of snow everything  turns to chaos.  The Eastern European Countries just clear the snow and carry on.

 

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awesonme pics thanks.. BTW Switzerland stopped putting salt or anything down back in the 90s as its worthless in low low temps.  snow tyres and chains and brains..  hardly saw an accident in a year

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Great report, glad you had a good weekend after our beer in the Darwin.

Brilliant pics as usual.

Thankfully my weather is a little warmer, maybe too warm.

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