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Ukrainian Dacha

Ukrainian Dacha

Dacha is a Russian word for seasonal or year-round second homes often located in the exurbs of Russian and post-Soviet cities […] Dachas are very common in Russia, and are also widespread in most parts of the former Soviet Union. It is estimated that about 50% of Russian families living in large cities have dachas. — Wikipedia You may have heard about this seemingly strange concept prevalent in the former Soviet Union countries. It’s not even so much the fact of having a second home – after all, a concept of a vacation home on a lake or in some tropical paradise is not new to the […]

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Around Ukraine in a Few Hours at Pirogovo

I started my round-the-world trip over a year ago by going back to Ukraine. While visiting Lviv, I ran into a group of Americans at the hostel I was staying there and one of them turned out to be friends with my good friend Melissa from Iowa – talk about small world! When we returned to Kiev, Christina and I got together to check out Pirogovo – a huge 360 acre “village” just outside of the city made up of houses, churches, windmills and other buildings typical for different times and regions of Ukraine. Interestingly, most of the buildings are […]

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Euro 2012 Experience

Euro 2012 Experience

Once I had the opportunity to get to Ukraine for the Euro 2012 European football championship, I packed up my bag and went for it. In retrospect, I cannot believe I almost decided to skip it. My entire experience here has been amazing (well, except for the Elton John + Queen concert, but more on that later). Meeting up with friends and cheering for Ukraine inside the fan zone in the center of Kiev, watching other games there or in local bars and exploring the city in the mean time – all made for eventful couple of weeks. The Fan […]

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Visiting Family In Zaporozhje

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Dnepropetrovsk

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Lviv And The Golden Horseshoe Castles

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Getting to Ukraine

It was time to set off on my round-the-world journey. As usual, I was holding off until the last minute to pack so I was up until about 2am stuffing things into my backpack (and surprisingly did not fill it up) and after brief two hours of sleep it was time to go. [Continental and United] Merger Pains I got to the airport about an hour prior to my connecting flight to Newark and encountered the first hick up of the trip – an aircraft that was going to be used by United for a flight to Chicago had a […]

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