Ukrainian sole currency is gryvna (UAH). There are plenty exchange offices and nearly all of the exchange following currencies: EUR, USD and RUB (Russian rouble). The exchange rate is approx. EUR 1 = UAH 5 in June 2002. Many other currencies can be changed, but you may need some time to find a place.
To make most of the trip it would be advisable to study some Russian. In Ukraine less English is spoken than in Russia even it is part of the curriculum at schools. The official language is Ukrainian. However, even Ukrainian is the only language in schools, most people pay Russian better.
I think the warning No.1 is like everywhere - you must be careful at night and don't talk about politics as not everyone will be on your side and some people can get very agresive if they don't like your opinion...
Customs....I think their motto is, Every day is a new day. In 17 visits to Ukraine in the last three years, I never know what to expect. There is really no danger, just a warning to not try to sneak any thing in or out of country, especially any thing over 50 years old.
A new law in Ukraine supposedly requires all visiting foreigners to purchase Ukrainian medical insurance upon arrival at Boryspil Airport. Nobody approached me when I arrived, however, so I guess the law isn't really being enforced yet!
You have to say 'Goog bye' to civilization. It is very difficult to find singboard in English. Don't hesitate to ask people. If they understand you, they'll explain you everything. Ukrainians are very nice and hospitable people, but not everybody speaks English. Russian are widely spoken in Crimea.
Hutsul villagers are exceptionally friendly and hospitable people. However, as the case anywhere in Ukraine, some discretion is advised when traveling. Travel in groups of 3-4 people for safety. Traveling with a native Ukrainian is best.
Be on the alert for con-artists that are very creative with schemes to get your money. Be especially cautious when exchanging currency. Being gently pick-pocketed is much more likely than being outright mugged.
If you plan to go bike riding on roads, ride defensively, and keep in mind that cars expect you to get out of their way.
UHZGOROD I was only here a short while while our Aeroflot charter stopped to refuel on our way to Budapest. I snapped a few quick pics. This is the bridge accross the River Uhz on the way into town.
This was one of the few hotels my colleague and I could find free rooms. We were visiting the day...more
Super Hotel, just perfekt. Best location, at the end of Franko park 5-700 m south of city center.more
My American friend Jack stayed at this new hotel for several days and he was kind enough to take me...more
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