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,…

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…

Why do Ukrainians fear drafts?

A few weeks ago my eye started to hurt. Actually, it was the bottom part of my eyelid – the soft part where tears well and where flies always end up if they get into your eye. It wasn’t a bad pain, but I kept rubbing it and it swelled up a bit and went…