Arrival in Kyiv


Never before have I been greeted at an airport by a stranger with a smile and a sign with my name and company logo on it. Today that happened in Kyiv, Ukraine.

My sister and I arrived in Kiev a few hours after the rest of the Cheremosh and much to our surprise, they sent us a driver! I felt pretty special when Max greeted us – even though he was expecting Morgan to be a man. It was a long drive to the hotel, but Max made up for it with a special purchase from the ladies standing in the traffic jam selling bouquets of flowers.

Max is driving Lauren and I to the hotel from the airport.

Max is driving Lauren and I to the hotel from the airport.

In a Kiev traffic jam, ladies sell these bouquets from the dotted lines between the lanes of idling cars.

In a Kiev traffic jam, ladies sell these bouquets from the dotted lines between the lanes of idling cars.

We were very relieved to see our baggage on the belt. Lauren and I were told in Brussels that, because of a strike at the airport, they have 10,000 pieces of luggage hostage and we may not see our checked bags for a few days.We added what we could to our carry-on bags, but Cheremosh may have been without Buko head-pieces for a few days if it weren’t for some crew that really stepped up to the plate at Brussels and got our bags on board.

Most of us are heading to bed early. We have a workshop at the Academy of Dance Serga Lifarya on our first day and have to be well rested!

–┬áMorgan Demers