Browsing Month December, 2010

Traveling Through the Carpathians

By at December 31, 2010 | 11:41 pm | 0 Comment

  The Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine have always been filled with mystery and the source of many vampire stories.  The system of mountains is crescent shaped and the start as hills in Bratislava, Slovakia and climb to reach 2,655 meters at Gerlachovsky Peak in Slovakia’s High Tatras.  The mountain chain runs through Ukraine before ending in Romania.  The

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The Joys Of Ukraine Cuisine

By at December 31, 2010 | 10:52 pm | 0 Comment

When you travel to Ukraine you can expect to sample some of the traditional cuisine of the country.  If you’re dealing with a language barrier and don’t have a translator handy, you may wind up ordering something considerably different than what you thought.  Here is a quick rundown of some of the most popular Ukrainian dishes and what they are made of. Varenyky

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Using A Ukraine Tour Guide

By at December 31, 2010 | 10:08 pm | 2 Comments

If you are looking for the ultimate experience while visiting Ukraine and want to be less a tourist and more a guest in the country, then you need a Ukraine tour guide.  By working with a tour guide, you will have the chance to see this wonderful country the way the people who live there see it and you’ll be able to experience Ukraine by getting to know some of the

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5 Best Ukrainian Rock Bands

By at December 31, 2010 | 9:22 pm | 2 Comments

When I was 14, every teenager in my surrounding could be classified as follows: a rocker, a rapper, a gopnyk (listening to pop). I was a cool girl wearing very torn jeans and listening to Nirvana. Some time later I discovered rock could also be Ukrainian and was represented by the following (in order of discovering): 1. Vopli Vidopliassova

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Ukrainian Deserts – Nut Rolls For The Holidays

By at December 31, 2010 | 8:45 pm | 1 Comments

Kolachi – also known as nut rolls – are a favorite food around the holidays.  Many Americans enjoy them with the Thanksgiving meal as well as during weeks before and after Christmas and New Years.  Nut rolls are a great desert that can actually be enjoyed any time of the year.  If you want to try your hand at making this delicious pastry, here is a recipe for you

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5 Shops to Visit in Ukrainian Capital

By at December 31, 2010 | 8:08 pm | 1 Comments

Shopping-shopping-shopping! I love it! In Kyiv there are a couple of shops you should visit whether you like shopping or just interested in the content of the specific shop. 1. TsUM (Tsentralny Universalny Magazyn)

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Beets in Ukrainian Cuisine

By at December 31, 2010 | 7:35 pm | 2 Comments

Beets, sweet tubers with a bright colour and a tender-crisp texture, play a significant role in Ukrainian cuisine. Many appetizers, soups, salads, and other simple dishes of Ukraine feature cooked or fermented beets as a main or complementing ingredient. Beets are native to the Ukrainian land, where they were cultivated in peasants' vegetable gardens already hundreds

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New Bond Girl Ukrainian Actress Olga Kurylenko

By at December 31, 2010 | 6:54 pm | 1 Comments

Olga Kurylenko, has the distinct pleasure of playing opposite the newest James Bond, actor Daniel Craig, as Camille, a Russian-Bolivian agent.  The new Bond movie ‘Quantum of Solace’ will be released shortly and the starlet will find herself being internationally acclaimed and known once it does hit the theatres.  Until then, the 28 year old actress will continue

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The best music store in Kyiv

By at December 31, 2010 | 6:16 pm | 1 Comments

When it comes to buying CDs many ex-pats stock up on a trip back home or order music online. Most Kyivans, of course, immediately think of Petrivka, where you can find almost anything on the market. However, shopping there is not always comfortable,

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