Odessa Local Customs

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    Dried Fish Stands

    by Roadquill Written Nov 17, 2012

    These dried fish stands are acommon occurance in and around Odessa. This one was just outside Odessa. Dried fish of various kinds hanging showing off how yummy they would be if you were to cook them up....However, they looked particularly unappetizing in my book. The stands did sport sanitary green screens to ward of flies.

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    Older dudes rule

    by Roadquill Written Jul 12, 2012

    Apparently the life expectancy for a male in Odessa is relatively low, like in the 50's. So if you happen to live to be an old dude (like this guy) you are outnumbered by the female population like amilliontoone. At the local park a young jazz orchestra was playing and the geriatric squad was rockin out so tunes like "sing, sing, sing".

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    Hot Summer Celebrations

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    June 2 – RMA #10
    June 2 – Little Star International festival of young talents;
    June 6 – Mini-Miss Odessa, Mini-Mister Odessa, Ukraine South beauty contests;
    June 16 – White Acacia arts festival;
    June 18 – Odessa Open Cup international rating tournament in sport dances;
    June 23-27 – Semyon Trestin international tournament;
    July 5-10 – Cup of Ports All-Ukrainian regatta;
    July 11 – Forsage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
    July 20 – Golden Mercury competition in the sphere of achievements in trade;
    July 22 – Miss Tourism International, Ukraine, Black Sea international beauty contest;
    July 25 - Forsage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
    August 5 – RMA #5
    August 8 - Forcage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
    August 17 - Semyon Trestin international tournament;
    August 20 – Nobility Meeting in Odessa “Nobles of the Commonwealth, unite!”;
    August 22 - Forcage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”
    ;August 28 – Gankevich rock festival.

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    Golden Autumn Festivals

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    September 2 – City Day (concerts and shows, fireworks display)
    September 3 – What?Where?When? game, international festival
    September 6 – United Ukraine” international festival of regional TV and radio stations
    September 7 – David Oistrach First International violinists competition
    September 19-21 – Jazz Festival (world’s best jazzmen carnival)
    October 2 – International Music Day (concerts and musicals at the Philharmonic Society and Opera and Ballet Theater)
    October 3 – Julia Ryabchinckaya memorial festival
    October 7 – RMA # 6
    October 20 – Odessa Guitar Autumn (classic, jazz and flamenco guitar festival)
    October 31 – Halloween at Odessa clubs
    November 10 – International Youth Day (performances of students’ variety theaters called “Clubs of the Jolly and the Resourceful”, song festival, etc.)
    November 18 – Black Sea Cup international karate tournament.

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    Some Humor From Odessa

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Misha is boasting to his friends.
    “Once at a party I bet I would eat fifteen sandwiches and I won the argument!”
    “And without any consequences?”
    “Alas. With consequences! Since that time nobody has ever invited me to any company!”
    ............................................................
    A secretary enters her boss’s reception room and pours a jar of ink on his head. Then she climbs the table and starts dancing on it.
    At this moment the door opens and her friend says,
    “Stop it, Valya! It was just a joke about your inheritance of $100,000!”
    .............................................................
    Father says to his son,
    “I have already got used to your wearing my trousers, my suites, shirts and taking my car, but please leave that actress alone!”

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    For Art Lovers

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    There are several art galleries in Odessa where you can see different exhibitions of painting, ceramics, applied arts, sculpture, china or even puppets:

    Amis
    4 Langeron Street
    Tel. +38 048 234 80 10

    Sea Gallery
    6 Maritime (Primorskaya) Street
    Tel. +38 048 729 33 09

    Yekaterininskaya (Catherine Gallery)
    16 Catherine (Yekaterininskaya) Street
    Tel. +38 048 222 48 97

    White Moon
    9 Rope (Kanatnaya) Street
    Tel. +38 048 715 51 26

    Liberty
    24a Langeron Street
    Tel.:+38 048 222 48 67

    Dialog Art Club
    23 Pushkin Street
    Tel.: +38 048 225 02 35

    Bamboo
    42 Bunin Street
    Tel.: +38 048 237 93 80
    Bridge (Most) Gallery
    3 Sabaneyev Bridge
    Tel.: +38 048 223 63 04.

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    Odessa Cinemas

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    There are several movie theaters in Odessa:
    Utochkino
    22 De Ribas Street
    Tel.: +38 048 237 70 71

    Golden Duke Movie Center
    11 Academician Hlushko Street
    Tel.: +38 048 777 92 18

    Odessa
    1/3 Spiridon Street
    Tel.: +38 048 226 28 27

    Rodina
    104 Mechnikov Street

    Zvyozdny (Star Movie Theater)
    60a Heroes of Stalingrad Street
    Tel.: +38 048 252 81 94

    Moscow
    41 Varna Street
    Tel.: +38 048 777 02 01

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    Mild Winter Festivities

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    December 2 – RMA # 7
    December 15 – All- Ukrainian barmen competition
    December 15 – The Odessan of the Year contest
    December 18 – Miss Odessa beauty contest (unforgettable show with the most beautiful young ladies of Odessa)
    December 18 – Mrs.Odessa Open women’s beauty contest.
    January 1 – Celebration of the New Year, Odessa style
    January 5 – Richterfest Richter memorial festival
    January 14 – Celebration of the Old New Year
    January 25 – Tatiana Day (merry students’ holiday).February 3 – Rating of Model Agencies presentation # 8
    February 4 – “Seasons” international fashion fastival
    February 14 – St.Valentine’s Day festivities
    February 23 – Day of the Defender of the Motherland

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    Traditional Spring Festivals

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    There is a lot to see and to do in Odessa in every season.
    This is what I found out about the festivals in spring and other seasons. These festivals are planned for 2005, but they have all become traditional already.

    March 6 – Maidan Odessa beauty contest
    March 8 – International Women’s Day (love serenades)
    March 17 – St.Patrick's Day (a sea of Irish beer)
    April 1 – Day of Laughter (this is how we call April Fool’s Day) – funny carnival procession, concerts and shows and ,of course, rock with laughter;
    April 2 – Master Gambs humor festival
    April 7 – Rating of Model Agencies presentation #7
    April 8 – International Day of Tai-zsi and Tsigun
    April 8 – Master Gambs TV humor festival
    April 10 – International Greco-Roman wrestling tournament
    April 15 – Futuris Cup tennis tournament
    April 20 – Two Days and Two Nights international festival of new music
    May 1,2 – Body Art carnival (the world’s longest living picture at 11, Devolan Descent from noon till modnight);
    May 9-11 – Nahata international tournament in karate and kobudo
    May 21 – RMA festival (1,000 the most beautiful young ladies from Ukraine at De Ribas Street in Odessa!).

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    Theater Going Opportunities

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Theater going is very popular among the Odessans and the visitors of the city.
    There are several different theaters here:
    Ukrainian Musical and Drama Theater
    55 L.Paster Street
    Tel.: +38 048 223 55 66
    The performances usually start at 6 p.m.

    Mikhail Vodianoy Musical Comedy Theater
    3 Panteleimon Street
    Tel.: +38 048 225 09 24
    There are morning performances on weekends for kids that start at noon.
    Matinees, if any, start at 4 p.m. and evening performances begin at 6 p.m.

    Opera and Ballet Theater
    1 Chaikovsky Lane
    Tel.: +38 048 223 13 29
    There are morning performances on weekends for kids that start at 11 a.m. or at noon.
    Matinees, if any, start at 4 p.m. and evening performances begin at 7 p.m.
    You can also attend actors’ evenings where you can see a one-man show of a certain actor.Philharmonic Society
    15 Bunin Street
    Tel.: +38 048 225 69 03
    You can see different concerts or guest performances starting at 5 or 7 p.m.
    Odessa Symphony Orchestra gives concerts here starting at 6 p.m.
    Yumorina (Odessa Humor Festival) is also held here for five days starting at the end of March and lasting till early April.Ostrovsky Young Spectator’s Theater
    50 Greek Street
    Tel.: +38 048 222 48 51
    There are fairy tale performances for kids starting at 11 a.m., sometimes at noon or at 1 p.m.

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    beggars can be choosers?

    by arturowan Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    The attitude of 0dessites is unlike any other I have experienced & is not easy to define; contrary & paradoxical as it is. Perhaps this is best typified by their reaction to receiving gifts, something that you might assume to be gratefully taken, considering the proportion of the population claiming they're too poor to afford food...
    In general, 0dessites are appreciative of a kindness, but it is tempered with a peculiarly strident perfectionism, that contradicts the adage; "beggars cannot be choosers..." I had the opportunity to talk to an 0dessite whose sister had lived in the States since she was 6, so this local woman had fluent English from visiting her there. She recited to me an incident when in USA, of being offered a new pair of jeans from an American friend of her sister, which, though being the correct size/fit, were turned down due to some displeasing detail. My 0dessite informer explained how her sister was caused great embarassment by this refusal & accused her of being "rude", as soon as their friend had gone...
    The woman reciting this to me, had no reserve in repeating the story or impressing upon me that Americans are so false for accepting things they do not really want. I believe this reflects the fundamental attitude difference between east & west, (& I did not mention at the time that us British are supposed to be more ingratiating than our American kin in such situations...)
    My 0dessite informer was indigant that by being honest, she was regarded as being rude - a concept that with other folk in the city I have observed & experienced is not understood. I can appreciate her viewpoint, but for someone living in the second most prosperous country on the planet, I just cannot make sense of this perfectionist choosiness in a nation with a Third World standard of living...
    There are genuine beggars of the streets of 0dessa, who are grateful for just a few kopeek in their cups, but others pretending to be borderline this status, are some of the choosiest folk I have had the misfortune of encountering in any culture! 0ne such person was the reason I ever visited the city in the first place, (though she had only married an 0dessite to raise her standard of living , & was originally a refugee from Tiraspol). She actually believed she was Russian aristocracy & had a birthright to be resident of the Winter Palace - but all she posessed to justify this, was the obnoxious ATTITUDE...
    Despite impressing upon me how she was, "living lika dog", too poor to eat properly or afford her rent, on my arrival she decided we had to eat in restaurants everyday & go the short distances there by taxi, because it was too much effort for her to walk in her high heels! The taxi fare alone cost the price of going to a supermarket & buying provisions, ironic, considering her insistance I rent an apartment so as to have a kitchen, yet the 1 time she actually cooked for me, she accused me of treating her as 'slooshanka' (maid)! I have never met a more choosy pedantic person in all my life - every time she opened her mouth it was to criticise some aspect of my appearance & anything I gave her had to be inspected for hours until she could discern some flaw in it that offended her perfectionist vision.
    In my country, her behaviour would be regarded as ill-mannered & egocentrically rude, like a badly brought up child, & in truth, that is what this 33 year old divorcee, still was - so do not go to 0dessa expecting politeness for generosity - you might receive a RUDE surprise...

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    'dooshna'

    by arturowan Written Mar 28, 2011

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    0dess'ka 0blast is a hardwater area - something you only have to turn any tap on to discover!
    Limescale emerges in flakes & even when boiled in strong tea or coffee, taints the taste. In Soviet times, drinking water was delivered daily by tanker, but now you have to go to the pathetically few & far between, for a city of 1.1million people, standpipe stations, with plastic containers to store your water in. To counteract the limescaling of pipes, an unforunate tradition has arisen in 0dessa, in August, when the weather is described as , "dooshna" (suffocatingly hot) to turn off hotwater systems. The result of which is THE worst thing about the city if you visit in this month - THE STENCH! You really do have to experience it to believe how bad it is - not only of unwashed bodies, but stale, sweaty clothes as well...Even in the evenings, when the streets are not so crowded, the air is still tainted by this pervasive odour...By far the worst afflicted is public transport, making trams & trolleybuses unusable, unless you're adapt at holding your breath, as the locals appear to be...

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    Ukrainian Train Hospitality

    by om_212 Updated Sep 8, 2010

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    when traveling by train, be prepared that your travel companions might be too excited to meet you. for some of them, you will be the first foreigner they have ever met on the train, or even in their life. Most likely they would not speak your language, but they will try to impress you with Ukrainian hospitality. Th Ukrainian hospitality might translate into ask you to share a dinner with them and in some cases, offer you a drink "za znayomstvo" ('nice to meet you' drink). The drink can range from a beer to numerous shots of vodka. Usually a polite ‘thank you’ and ‘no’ (dyakuyu, ya ne pyu - ukr.) will do, but if your travel companion keeps insisting, say that you take medication that do not go with alcohol (ya pryimayu liky - ukr.) In rare instances, which will hopefully never happens, your companion might keep bugging you. in that case, ask a conductor to move you to another compartment.

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    The beautiful Odessa

    by LarisaLove Written Aug 11, 2007

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    In 1794 Odessa was founded by Catherine the Great.
    Then In 1764 the Empress formed the territories newly acquired
    in the S-West other empire into a province called Novorossiya, New Russia.

    The city name came because of a mistake!
    It was meant to be called after the ancient Greek city of Odessos or Ordissos,
    which was believed to have been founded in the
    area.
    But really, it was somewhere near the present day town of Varna in Bulgaria.
    But Catherine the Great liked "Adessa" — as it is pronounced by the Russians
    and Ukrainians.
    The population of Odessa is today just over 1 million people.
    It is one of the newest of European cities and maybe one of the biggest
    growth rate in the 19th Century.

    Old Odessa

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    ODESSA DAY

    by A-Friend-Of-Belarus Written Jan 13, 2007

    September 2, the Odessa day. It's a day when the whole city is on the streets and the central manifestation is being held on the Potemking stairs where crowd listens to various Ukrainian/Russian pop-rock bands that play on the stage just above the stairs and in front of the "Morskiy vokzal".

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