Every year Melitopol has a large "Melitopol Day" festival in the middle of September, usually on a Sunday. This year, the main streets were shut down and filled with food vendors, performers, and presentations from local businesses and cultural groups. I was the most thrilled to meet representatives of some of Melitopol's minority groups, such as...more
The "Stone Grave" or "Rocky Mound" ("Kamena Mohyla" in Ukrainian) is the most famous attraction in the entire region. This natural rock formation was formed millions of years ago, creating what appeared to be one enormous "stone grave." Later, early humans used the mound as a religious site, sacrificing animals atop one of the central stones....more
This is really not a bad little museum. There is a changing art exhibit on the first floor, and upstairs are exhibits about Melitopol's history, with several rooms focusing on the Second World War. The tributes to Melitopol's fallen soldiers are especially moving. There is no entrace fee, but I felt compelled to buy a pamphlet and give them a small...more
Just like Moscow, Melitopol has its own Gorky Park. Sure, ours is a lot smaller and not quite so fancy, but it's still the most popular place for Melitopolians to spend a Sunday afternoon. It's a nice place to sit by a fountain, drink a beer, chat with the locals, throw nuts to the squirrels. There's also a stadium, running track, basketball court,...more
"Zoo Corner" is the closest thing Melitopol has to a zoo, and it's pretty far from a zoo. Inside this colorfully painted building, you'll pay 20 cents to play with several rabbits, guinea pigs, pigeons, chickens, and a single miserable looking goat. The animals at least seem well fed, and it probably doesn't seem as disturbingly surreal to them as...more
Okay, it isn't much of an amusement park, but it's the best that Melitopol has to offer. They do re-paint it bright colors every spring, so it always has a fresh and energetic look, even if the rides are more than a little dilapidated. Most people just like to hang out on the benches near the rides as they swig from their beers. But watching the...more
This is a very typical Soviet style restaurant, but the food is a bit better than average. The decor is an attempt at simple elegance, though it is quite faded. There is often live music, usually featuring a middle-aged man on a synthesizer and a young woman singing Soviet pop hits from the 1960's. There is no smoking allowed inside, so the whole...more
Svetlana is a pleasant and very typical Ukrainian restaurant. The decor inside is quite Soviet, and the service can be a bit surly and slow. But there's a very pleasant outdoor seating area covered in ivy, and the clientele in the evening is usually fairly friendly. During the day there's usually nobody here, so it's a quiet and pleasant place to...more
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Hi, would you advice me one cyber café as quiet as possible and not to noisy where you can go with a lady to have contact to Western Europe . Not in amarriage agency please . Second question :
same thing to find a bookshop where I could find book + CR rom for ukrainian ( or russian ) speaking people who intend to learn basic english . Thank you.
Many Ukrainians have a "dacha," a small warm-weather cottage in the country. If you are ever invited to a Ukrainian's dacha, you must absolutely say "yes!" Time at a dacha is time that Ukrainians treasure, and you will come away from it with wonderful memories and new close friends.
Be aware that many dachas are little more than tiny shacks. They might have running water, but they might not. Often, the bathroom is just an outhouse. So come prepared: water, hand-wipes, toilet paper. Also, bring food or drink with you as a gift to your hosts. Among my Ukrainian friends, a bottle of vodka is customary. But you may also bring wine, juice, chocolate, fruit, or something you cooked yourself. The hosts will probably have everything they need for a big spread--tableware, food, and plenty to drink. If you don't drink alcohol, make that clear to your hosts from the start. Usually, drinking is part of the outing, and may start much earlier in the day than Americans are used to. But you must at least be willing to eat! Most dachas have a large garden, and often many fruit trees as well. Together with the fresh produce, people often bring meat to grill for "shashlyk," sort of like a shish-kebab. If you're really lucky, you might get to meet the rabbit or chicken before you eat him. Sometimes Americans are bothered by the lack of hygeine at these functions. Yes, nobody is washing hands. And the cook may spit on your meat to moisten it (it isn't an insult to you!). But it's a very "back to the earth" kind of dirtiness, and I've never gotten sick from it.
Bring a camera if you have one. Ukrainians love to pose for pictures. They also will immediately want copies of all the pictures, so be sure to get them developed quickly and to share copies with everybody!
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