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    Like a trip back in time...

    by arturowan Updated Feb 11, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe, & embraces all types of terrain - mountainous on its eastern borders, but flat around the capitol & inland, until you reach the Black Sea...
    Crossing the border, really is like travelling back in time - everything seems to be in a timewarp, like in the paintings of Peter Brueghel of peasant life in the countryside...
    I'll never forget seeing old ladies sitting at the roadside, trying to supplement their pensions, by selling homegrown vegetables & fruits out of shopping bags, to passers by...
    Nor will I forget the sight of ricketty wooden carts being drawn by horses along the main roads, loaded precariously with hay, logs, or whatever load somebody has paid to be transported to where they desire it to be...
    All along the main roads, in all extremes of weather, are locals trying to make an income, selling wares from the back of cars, or off of horsecarts, with the locally made besom brooms, most evocative of what it means to be a traveller in Ukraine...

    Fondest memory: I will never forget my travelling memories of Ukraine - its scenery observed through the window of a 'mezhdoogarotny autoboos' - as they call a coach (literally meaning - 'between town bus')...
    These were all in extreme weather conditions, & at the time, not exactly pleasant, but the impressions have lasted & seem worth the suffering, now...
    My first trip, in August, was too hot for any sort of comfort, but I will never forget seeing the wheatfields from Kiev, down to the sea, being harvested...
    I even remember a combine harvester cutting through a crop of grain, planted in a house garden!
    All my returns have been in wintertime, & snow certainly makes a landscape more evocative...
    I love to travel by coach at this time of year - the main trouble is suffering the unheated bus stations between connections...
    But for me, seeing the Ukrainian countryside covered in a layer of seamless white, with smoke ascending from out of the ricketty cottage chimneys, makes all the shivering worthwhile...

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    Choose a Relevant Travel Book

    by hunterV Updated Mar 9, 2013

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    Favorite thing: During my internship in the United States I browsed the stores in the main street of Madison, WI, and came across a travel book “Let’s go Europe-1999” in a bookstore.
    I read the 1999 Thoughts About Ukraine in that book and couldn’t help laughing, although the things I read about Ukraine were all negative. They were all in the cold war spirit of ideological struggle, which was not fair. I gather the author must have had a bad experience here, hence such a ruthless travel article.
    Here is a quote from that book,
    “There is nothing quaint or pretty about a nation in as deep as crisis as Ukraine’s.
    There are treasures here, but you’ll have to find them yourself because Ukraine, with enough troubles of its own, isn’t inclined to play host.”

    “Let’s go Europe-1999”, 976 pages
    Publisher: Let's Go Publications; 1st edition (December 1, 1998)
    ISBN-10: 0312194811
    ISBN-13: 978-0312194819

    I do hope the 2012 edition of that travel book radiates a more positive and unbiased attitude.
    Thank God now we have such a powerful travel information resource as VT!
    Long live VT!~

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    Seven best Ukrainian sights and attractions

    by pavelkorsun_ukraine Updated Mar 4, 2013

    Favorite thing: Best sight and attraction in Ukraine

    Fondest memory: Seven best Ukrainian sights and attractions. Cheap travel exotic is not far?!

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    by DAO Updated Dec 6, 2012

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    Favorite thing:
    This is supposed to be your 'Favorite Memory' tip of Kiev. This is my most vivid memory I will give you that. Not a fond memory - a vivid one. I was here quite a few years ago. So the picture isn't that great. I had been walking towards the Peoples Friendship Arch and watching Bridal parties taking turns to take pictures with each other and the beautiful skyline of Kiev. As I came closer I looked off to the left and saw him.

    Crazy Pigeon Man!

    The stupid bastard was covered in Pigeons and asking people to take his photo. Of course he wanted money as well.

    Its been a few years since this guy had the avian version of rats and the unfathomable need to encourage airborne turds landing on him and paying patrons with cameras nearby.

    Let us look at the cold, hard, facts:

    Three human diseases are known to be associated with pigeon droppings: Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, and Psittacosis.

    Are they fatal? I hope so. That and the passage of time should have hopefully seen this guy off. Imagine this rodents pooing all over a nearby Bridal party on their Wedding Day !!!!

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  • Help around in Ukraine

    by AlexUkraine1 Written May 31, 2012

    Favorite thing: Hi, if this is still not resolved let me know.
    I don't live there but visit pretty often and have a bunch of friends in Rivne.

    Fondest memory: I was born and do live in Ukraine. Go ahead and ask whatever you need to know in Ukraine me or my son both speak a few languages and do interact with our international friends a lot.
    So don't hesitate to contact us. Alex/Alex Jr.

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    Green streets and Golden-head Churches

    by Victoria_Alexandrova Written May 28, 2012

    Favorite thing: This is a great country with a long history, you will see the medieval castles in the west (Chernovtsy, Lviv), noble palaces in Kyiv and Crimea, industrial landscapes on the east and plenty of small villages and towns in orchards and green fields of wheat and sunflowers.
    What to do in Ukraine? :) Sightseeing! Eating national food - pancakes, borshch, fruit dumplings, pork fat (salo), drinking local beer and wine! Diving in Black sea (Crimea), hiking in Carpathian and Crimea mountains!
    Loving Ukraine we have selected the best places to see and put them with photos, addresses and descriptions together. This is the result of work of many people who want you to see the beauty of Ukraine.
    The free FanTravel app is already available for download via Android Apps on Google Play and at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

    For travelers: don't be afraid to use ATMs to get local currency; ask young people to help with English; tips in cafes/restaurants 10% only if you wish.

    Fondest memory: The clean and cold water in Prut river in Carpathian mountains, tall evergreen fir-trees and snow in Bukovel (skiing and boarding).
    The greatest coffee (kava) in L'viv cafe and delicious deserts in Tsukernya on Armianskaya street, near the Rynok square.
    The multi-color stones on the beach of Violent cape near the Sevastopol.
    The golden heads of Andriivska Church in Kyiv and the saint spirit of Sophia Church and Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra.
    The creativity and energy of students' life in Kharkov.
    The green hills of childhood in Donetsk region.

    Visit Ukraine! You will find something special for you to remember!

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    Ukraine Tour guide

    by AndrewMe Written May 17, 2012

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    Favorite thing: I suggest that you buy a nice tour guide for your trip here is once in English with tons of useful info an links:

    Fondest memory: snowboarding in Slavsko

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    Re: 10 days in Ukraine.

    by ShimonZadarman Written May 8, 2012

    Favorite thing: Places near Odessa. Bilgorod-Dnistrovskiy
    Ukrainian village Vilkove like Venice

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    Best Cities for Life in Ukraine

    by hunterV Updated Jun 10, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Focus magazine published its annual rating The Best Cities for Life in Ukraine.
    The rating was held among one hundred Ukrainian cities.
    Here are top ten best cities for life in Ukraine according to “Focus” magazine:

    There were fourteen criteria of rating of the best Ukrainian cities.
    Here are some of the criteria:
    - business and education potential;
    - communal services;
    - the level of cultural arrangements;
    - tourist attraction.

    Fondest memory: visiting some of those best cities ...

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    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Favorite thing: James F.Coughlin,
    a Canadian historian,
    wrote some nice words about the Ukrainians.
    I liked his words and can say they are true.
    This is what he wrote:
    As colonizers in different parts of the world, the Ukrainians are showing their desirable qualities. They readily take to their new lands, ever improving and extending, and try to maintain a peaceful attitude and a high standard with all other nationalities. They possess strong and robust physiques, which adapt them to any geographical location. They are also gifted with large families and a patriotic fervor, which ensure the perpetuation of their race, ideals and culture.

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    Where to Go First

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Khreshchatyk,
    the capital's main street,
    is where I would take you first in the Ukrainian capital and from there to the Dnipro embankment located on the hills.
    There is a beautiful view of the city from there.

    Fondest memory: Visiting Crimea and walking in the Crimean Mountains and in the cities on the southern coast of the Crimean Peninsula.

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    Ukrainian Symbols

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The snowball tree is one of the symbols of the country.
    There are lots of songs and poems glorifying that tree whose red berries were long used as a universal means of treatment of many deseases.

    Did you know that the sunflower was another plant known to be one of the symbols of Ukraine?
    The country has always been famous for its huge sunflower oil production.
    Mallow is another very popular flower and old symbol of Ukraine.

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    Love Ukraine

    by hunterV Updated Dec 17, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Lots of poems and songs, folk dances performed at the stage...

    Fondest memory: I liked and still remember this wonderful poem written by our fellow countryman Volodymyr Sosyura who was born in Luhansk region.
    You might like it, too:

    *** LOVE UKRAINE ***
    by Volodymyr Sosyura

    Love Ukraine, love it like the sun;
    Like the wind, and grass and water.
    In the hour of happiness and in time of joy,
    Love it in the hour of misfortune.

    Love Ukraine in your dream
    And when you are awake,
    Your cherry-like Ukraine.
    Its beauty, eternally live and new,
    And its tongue like that of the nightingale.

    Among the brotherly peoples,
    Like a flourishing orchard
    She is shining for centuries.
    Love Ukraine with all your hearts
    And with all your deeds.

    For us she is unique in the world,
    Only one in the sweet charm of spaces.
    She is in the stars, in the birch
    And in every pulse of the heart;

    She is in the flower and bird,
    In the electric fires,
    In every song, in every thought,
    In the child's smile, in the girls' eyes,
    And in the reddish fluttering of banners.

    As the fire burns but never burns out,
    She lives in the paths and meadows,
    In the whistling of sirens,
    And the waves of the Dnieper,
    And in the fiery red clouds.

    In the fire of cannonades
    That crushed to death
    The invading foreigners in green uniforms,
    In the bayonets that in the darkness
    pierced our way
    To the springs, glorious and sincere.

    Young man! Give her your smile,
    Your tears and all you have.
    You cannot love other people
    If you do not love Ukraine.

    Young girl! Like its blue sky
    Love her every minute.
    Your boyfriend will not love you
    If you do not love Ukraine.

    Love her in work, in love and in battle,
    Like a song that sails with the star.
    With all your heart love your Ukraine,
    And we will be eternal along with her.

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    by georeiser Updated Feb 8, 2010

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    Fondest memory: Ukraine was earlier a bit difficult to visit due to visa regulations. But that is history if you are a citizen of the European countries, Canada, USA or Japan. You can visit Ukraine without visa and stay 90 days.

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    by kajove Written Dec 13, 2009

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    Favorite thing: After a very nice time in Ukraine, we had to go to Warsaw, from were we had booked the flight back home to Norway. We booked a train ticket from Mariopol to Lviv, and after spending time by the Azov Sea, we had only one day left for Lviv. Some hours was also used to find a buss connection to Warsaw. Lviv was a very fascinating old town, which was worth more time. I was therefore very glad that VT is going to meet there in June. A very good excuse for going back, and spend some more days.

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