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White lines and Russian girls

There is a large sign at the airport in Kiev which says: You are crossing the white line From this moment, you take administrative and criminal responsibility for your items movement disorder through customs of Ukraine. Customs officer can provide sample inspection of your transferable items. It made me wonder, if the sign doesn’t make…

City guide: Dnipropetrovsk

A native’s guide to Dnipropetrovsk By Yulia Pentko Introduction I would be happy to tell you more about my hometown Dnipropetrovsk. Although it has very long and difficult to pronounce name Dni-pro-pet-ro-vsk a long time ago it used to have a shorter one: Ekaterinoslav.  It was named and founded in honor of Ekaterina the Great…

Museum of… toilets

I’m serious. It’s not a joke, Ukraine (Kyiv) actually has a museum of the history of the toilet!   …or lavatory, crapper, throne, bog, thunder-box, or whatever you want to call it. Allegedly (and quite believably) it is the first toilet museum in Europe. I haven’t visited yet, but I most definitely will and according to its…

Getting Gonta. By Alex Frishberg

Getting Gonta is a story, written for bluetoyellow.com by Alex Frishberg. Based on a true story, Alex tells the tale of two Ukrainian friends who set off across the globe to rescue their beloved Gonta. Getting Gonta part one. It was nearly midnight, and Nikolai was in the later stages of getting smashed on cheap vodka…

Can you explain Ukraine?

This website (bluetoyellow.com) was set up with a simple mission: uncover Ukraine. It is a fun mission and it is a fascinating mission – but we need your help. We need you to help us explain Ukraine. Our writers and editors all work full-time on other projects and for other companies, but we write whatever we can,…

The Amazing Ukrainian Spider-Man

When I was young, I would sometimes dress-up and pretend to be a superhero. Normally, as with small superheros accross the UK, this would involve lots of running, screaming and jumping from the top of the sofa. Occasionally, if I was feeling *really* brave I might climb a tree or ride my BMX bikes over…