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,…

Well water, Kiev

Well Water for city dwellers

The water supply system has broken down in a subburb of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. No worries. There is always the local water well. Dozens of people line up to get there plastic bottles filled. There is also a queue in a nearby district. No problems with the water system here, but people just…

Tram 12 to Pushcha-Voditsa

Riding the Forest Tram

Like most Slavic people, Ukrainians have a deeply held belief that cold drafts can cause all kinds of serious illness, up-to and including death. Or worse. They also have ‘proven’ information to suggest that sitting on a cold hard seat can lead to infertility. Feeling brave I decided to risk both and to head off…

Ukrainian Logic

I’m a naturally curious person. Like an over-grown baby, I love to try new things and explore new places and I want to touch, poke and pull on things until I get into trouble. I like asking why? What? How? and When? and I’m constantly trying to make sense of the inexplicable. Being like this…

Education for sake

Education for Sale

In a Kiev underground station my eye fell on this advertisement: ‘Order dissertation, essays and more. Fast and good quality.’ My thoughts returned to the long months that I was sweating over my final thesis. It was in the summer of 2008. I studied history. My parents had already started to complain, because after seven…

Kiev's Olympic Stadium

Ten amazing statistics about the rebuilt Olympic Stadium

The grandiose building work in the heart of the capital is coming to an end. Tomorrow, 8 October, the renovated Olympic National Sports Complex will be unveiled in a huge and colourful ceremony. This is the arena where on 1 July next year the final match of Euro-2012 will be played. It is crucial for Ukraineas fellow…