Had a lovely day in Kyiv yesterday. This is my first time in Ukraine, and I’m here to present a couple of talks at the BeWine festival. I’m really nicely surprised by this city, which I’ve been learning about. Three things I didn’t know: (1) it’s big, with around 5 million people; (2) it predates Moscow by a few hundred years; and (3) Chernobyl is just 100 km away, but fortunately that week in 1986 the wind was blowing the right way (from Kyiv’s perspective).
We had lunch at Khutorets on the Dnieper River that was a converted boat. Traditional Ukraine fare was complemented by a couple of glasses of Ukraine wine. This was a seriously good meal.