On Saturday, I was feeling claustrophobic in Kyiv's center, so I got into a random marshrutka and went where it took me: to Poznyaky and Osokorky, on the Dnieper's left bank.
Some of my favorite pictures from the trip:
All photos are here.
Marshrutka driver seemed like a very religious guy:
Lots of street trade, just like everywhere else in Kyiv:
So many flyers everywhere, I don't think they have any informational value anymore and instead serve as decorations only in this otherwise gloomy area:
Election-related flyers from Poznyaky and Osokorky are in the Mayor 2008 Flickr folder.
A very strange logo on the store that seems to be selling doors - looks pretty phallic to me:
Mishuga Street - named, as it turns out, after an opera singer Oleksandr Mishuga (link in Ukrainian), who was born in a village near Lviv in 1853, in a shoemaker's family:
While meshuga is a more familiar transliteration of the Yiddish word, here in Kyiv the name's spelling varies from Mishuga (first photo) to Myshuga (second photo).
And then there's also this sign for a wedding salon on Mishuga St. - composed by some meshugener in an inexplicable mix of Ukrainian (line 1) and Russian (line 2):
A Lenny Kravitz billboard on Mishuga St.:
Kravitz is, of course, a mis-transliteration of the Ukrainian word kravets, a tailor.
Café "Karadenis" - another cute mis-transliteration from the Mishuga St. neighborhood, this time of the Turkish word Karadeniz, the Black Sea: