I'm just going through some pictures I took in Ukraine in 2006. I was blessed with good weather and found Kiev (aka Kyiv if you're local) to be a beautiful, peaceful city packed with amazing historical architecture. Clearly timing is all! I'm so sad to hear of the troubles there. But to give some historical context, my notes for this photo are that it shows the "flying buttresses of the church of St Michael's Monastery (reconstructed in 2001 after the original, dating to 1108 was torn down by the Soviets in 1936)." So the fact that I found Ukraine independent and peaceful seems increasingly like a historical fluke.
Anna Watson: photographer, parent, juggler