Up in smoke

Ukraine is a heavy smoker – that’s no secret, and anyone who’s ever been will know that smoking is pretty much a national sport. According to a report published in 2009,‘Ukraine has about 16.5 million smokers and one of the highest rates of male smoking prevalence in the world’. Cigarettes are advertised everywhere, cigarettes are cheap, you…

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Back to black

Every year as Ukrainian bursts into colour for its autumnal display of reds, oranges, yellows and browns, the Ukrainians do the exact opposite. Almost everyone retreats into their winter uniform of black. In fact, the contrast between summer and autumn Ukrainian fashion is almost as striking at the contrast between seasons. By early November, their…

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…

Kiev in Autumn

101 Reasons To Love Kiev

  1. Springtime. Ukrainian winters are long and cold but damn the Springtime makes up for it! Blink and you’ll miss the transition from snow to sun, however if you’re lucky enough to be in Kiev in May/June – the burst of green shoots, blossoming trees and smiling people will warm your soul. 2. You…

Tanks in Kiev/Kyiv/Київ/Киев

Kiev is Kyiv is Київ is Киев

If you’re not already in Ukraine, I guess the first thing you should know about Ukraine is this: Ukraine is a bilingual country. Almost all Ukrainians speak Ukrainian and Russian. Of course, most have a dominant language, a mother-tounge (one they speak at home etc.) but almost all can switch between the two. Now, language…