A Travel Guide to Soviet Kiev, Ukraine

(I will preface this by saying that if you’re offended that I am spelling Kyiv as “Kiev”, please pretend it is spelled the way you prefer throughout; I am spelling it the way most locals do and most travelers search for the name for the sake of this post alone.  On the other hand, don’t […]

Impressions from Zaporizhia, Ukraine

Zaporizhia, Ukraine Lenin Prospekt

Zaporizhia, Zaporozhye, Zaporizhzhya.  I typically spell cities on this site according to what people are searching for on Google, not how I would normally spell it on an everyday basis.  As it turns out, no one is searching for Zaporizhia.  Made that one easy… Zaporizhia is a city in the Zaporizhia Oblast in eastern Ukraine.  With […]

Inside the Abandoned Red Cross Hospital in Dnipro

I knew very little about Dnipro (formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk) before heading there despite trying to actively seek information about the Ukrainian city.  One thing I did know, however, was that the city was littered with abandoned buildings (in Russia and some of the CIS countries, they refer to urban exploration and the interest in […]

Impressions from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk.  Or is it Dnepropetrovsk?  The locals spell it the latter.  But in light of recent events, I feel ever-so-compelled to spell it with an ‘i’ and not an ‘e’.  Having to give actual thought to something so seemingly petty really spotlights what has occurred in eastern Ukraine (okay, all of Ukraine) over the past few […]

Exploring the History of the Statue of Liberty in Visnes, Norway

There are many places scattered throughout Norway that are so off-the-path that many people miss them or simply don’t take the time to visit them.  While I think the transportation system in Norway is phenomenal (sorry, I’m American, so any form of public transportation still blows me away), some of these places are just not […]