It was my first time in Kiev, greeted by a couple of Ukrainians who didnt speak much english, the trip had started. Its a vast city and there is such a contrast as soon as you get outside it, the big BMW's almost suddenly turn into Lada's and horses and carts.
The whole trip was discussed and booked over the phone and we needed visa's and documents but I hadnt actually seen them so pulling up to the first checkpoint and being greeted by the armed guard and his massive alsation was a little on the scarey side. The documents seemed to be in order though and we were on our way! The roads after the checkpoint went from, well roads to uneven concrete where the potholes took up the whole road in places, our sedan didnt seem up to the task but we managed to get to the town in one piece.