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You're reading: Joining a running club; gay rights and Elton John; and goodbye to Kyiv

I leave today, on July 2, having seen Elton John and Queen on 30 June in Independence Square;
and Kyiv throbbing to the excitement of a classic European Championship
final between Spain and Italy on 1 July.  I’d like to say thanks to all
those, including the readers of this blog, who have helped me to
understand, interpret and enjoy Ukraine over the past four years.

I hope Ukraine can continue to demonstrate in the long term the
immense friendliness and hospitality to people of all nationalities,
ethnicities and sexual orientations that we’ve seen during these past
terrific four weeks of Euro 2012.  On that front I commend the piece in the Guardian by Elton John yesterday.

Finally, on democracy, the EU and the future of Ukraine:

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