Maria, who brightened my train journey

October 29, 2015 - single portrait

As some of you know, I visited Ukraine spontaneously this September. We decided to make a birthday surprise to one of my university friends, but I myself got a lot of  surprises.  I met some of mates, whom I haven’t seen from the graduation time (31 years ago), and also some new and very interesting people. One of them was Maria. She happened  to travel from Kiev to Dnepropetrovsk in the fast Inter-City Train  and was trying to sleep, though it was not easy with me next seat to her getting calls from my friends every now and then, though I tried not to disturb. Then Maria went to get her a cup of coffee, I asked her where the restaurant was and she offered to treat me with coffee. I  thanked and refused, but soon the coffee-carriage came, and I bought me coffee too,  getting  tangled in local currency … Maria understood that I came to visit and asked me where I live. When she knew that I’m from Jerusalem, she said that she wanted to visit with a pilgrim group. We talked a bit about the situation in both our countries, about people, about ourselves. Maria lives in Kiev, she is a doctor, specializing in sport medicine, and she was going to Dnepropetrovsk , where the Department of Sport Medicine is, to submit her scientific work. The same day she had to return to Kiev. When we were close to the destination I asked Maria if I could take her portrait and she willingly agreed. Now Maria is my friend on FB and recently I learnt that she successfully defended her PhD thesis! Congrats, Maria! Wish you a lot of success on your way.

› tags: 100strangers / blackandwhite / digital / Kiev / photography / Ukraine /


  1. hey lena, thank you very much for this great entry. i LOVE this picture. not only maria is just gorgeous but you captured her so brightly. congratulations, maria, on your phd. i know myself what it means to finish that.

  2. Florian Roth says:

    You won’t believe how long it took me to read the Name “Dnepropetrovsk” correctly, not fluent upt to now.
    Wonderful story, thanks for that Lena.

  3. Lena Konstantinova says:

    Happy that you loved the picture , she’s really bright girl!

  4. Lena Konstantinova says:

    Trill, thanks, dear !!

  5. IjonTichy says:

    you put the measure for new posts quite high, Lena.
    I can really see you when you met and talked to her 🙂

  6. Lena Konstantinova says:

    Florian, lol 🙂 I just imagined how you trying to read it . Now , do you want to try “Ust’Kamenogorsk” or “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij”. Thank you, Florian, Happy that you like the post.

  7. Lena Konstantinova says:

    Ijon, thanks a lot. I hope not so high for a High Guy !!! Thanks a lot !

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