Posts Tagged ‘kiev’

I know i have been “lost” for awhile and have not been writing as much as i wanted… Actually i have written a lot, but they all went in my “diary”-like pile… It seems like somehow i get sidetracked and my posts become way to personal as to what is going on in my life, so i keep mum for now 🙂

Yesterday, i was too lazy to go out to the art supply store, so instead i took my “bamboo” tablet out and draw that way… it took me two days (out of which 4 hours of sleep – talking about being a bit obsessive, lol), almost a heart attack (when my laptop froze and i thought i lost my work) and now with all done… i cannot choose which one i like the most so i post all of them!

I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think.

Was I the same when i got up this morning?

I almost think I can remember  feeling little different.

But if I am not the same, the next question is “Who in the world Am I?”

Ah, that’s the greatest puzzle!

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For the last week i have been spending some time in Kiev, Ukraine. 

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And i started to realize that i fall in love with this city years ago, but realizing it now. It is an amazing city, now i understand what Sarah Jessica Parker meant in “Sex in the City” series about falling in love with the City (in her case New York, in my case – Kiev).

Kiev is not the greatest City in the world, there are much bigger and better build cities, with probably more things to offer, but for me Kiev – is home. I love to breathe here, i love the sky, just walking in the evening or early morning and breathe… I love rain here, especially in summer, when you think the day would be sunny and you do not take an umbrella, and than in the middle of the day a cloud comes and just pours… I feel happy than… I feel like i want to jump in every puddle (and i actually do that sometimes) and get as wet and dirty as i possibly can, walking in the rain, but totally happy. Green parks… just walking through them makes me calm and gives me the feeling of happiness… Watching people, life and emotions on their faces, the way they run to work or somewhere they need to get… I enjoy every moment here… And it gives me the greatest satisfaction and feeling of happiness…

So, can you really fall in love with the City?

“A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. ” – Aristotle

“Maybe mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Maybe if we had never veered off course we wouldn’t fall in love, have babies or be who we are. After all, things change. So do cities. People come into your life and they go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart, and if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.” (Carrie Bradshaw)

 

 

 

 

 

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Yesterday, driving with friends outside the city (Kiev, Ukraine) i saw a beautiful sunflower field, and i just had to stop and take some pictures 🙂

SPIRITUAL MEANING OF THE SUNFLOWER

Sunflower has been adopted as a symbol of happiness, strength, a love of the sun & sunlight and because it is said to always turn its face to the sun it is considered by some to be a symbol of faith. Some believe that the sunflower represents a constant search for light, or enlightenment. The Chinese believe sunflowers symbolize long life and good luck.

IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY
 
There are lots of variations on the Greek Myth Origin Story about the Sunflower. This is the Greek Myth of Clytie (also Clytia) which supposedly tells how the sunflower came into existence. In fact, the original story of Clytie, the water nymph, was not actually about the sunflower at all but a flower named ‘Turnsole.’ It seems that more modern tellings of the story have substituted the turnsole for sunflower. Some versions of the story name the heliotrope or a marigold as the flower. Nevertheless, the Greek myth is a charming tale and fits the sunflower beautifully.

Clytie, the water nymph, was in love with Apollo, the Sun God. She would stare up at Apollo, hoping he would glance her way. But Apollo was in love with someone else and never did favor Clytie with his gaze. When Clytie realised that Apollo was never going to return her love, she sank into a depression and would not eat or drink for nine days but just stare with sorrow at her unrequited love. The other Gods felt sorry for Clytie and they transformed her into a beautiful sunflower which always followed the path of the sun. Note: In the 3rd century BC, Apollo became known as and referred to as ‘Apollo Helios.’

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I feel nostalgic today… So i decided to talk about my hometown… Kiev.
I hear that some people get used to new country new environment very fast, and some keep longing for their hometown… I always wondered why this happens… why people perceive change so differently… After living in US for 10 years, i still long for the culture, churches, for the stone paved streets, especially my favorite – Andriyivskyy Descent, for the long walks in Kiev parks, for the nature and all the trees, for summer rain (which i probably love the most 🙂 ) and even for the snow… I don’t really miss people in particular… Of course every city has its good sides and bad sides, beauties and vices. Every time i come to Kiev i see its metamorphosis, it changes, people change, culture started to become something different, i think that is the reason i do not miss people, but only the City. I guess for now i can say, i am deeply in love with Kiev:)