So Kiev is interesting. Not surprisingly it was quite different from my expectations. Admittedly my main interest in Kiev is historical, going to old churches and museums and trying to take in the vibe. I had a great time doing all of that when I was in St. Petersburg and I would be lieing if I said I wasn't trying to recapture some of that. As the ancient capital of the Eastern Slavs Kiev does have a lot of history, but as the Soviet mined the center of town on their way out the center is not where Kiev's rich history is to be found (though if you are looking for cheap-looking Stalinist-Gothic architecture surround by a giant mall and McDonald's that you could find). Kiev does, however, have moments of mind numbing beauty particularly it monasteries and churches.
In general it is a bit of weird mixture for me because in its baroque churches and bright colors it reminds me a lot of St. Petersburg, though with its Soviet architecture it reminds me of Almaty. The fact that I hear more Russian here than anything else, but everything is written in Ukrainian also throws me for a loop.