Category Archives: Central & Eastern Europe

Slavutych, Ukraine: The Soviet City Built for Chernobyl Refugees

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I have witnessed the Chernobyl disaster go from being a globally-recognized mass tragedy to a clichéd source of trite tourism where travelers go in with their cameras hugging their hips, all ready to shoot the perfect photo (which has inevitably been taken 3,790 times already that same month) for bragging rights about how they visited such a creepy […]

Ukraine Uncovered: The Kharkiv Metro System

The Metro Systems of the Soviet Union were elaborate and a source of pride for the now exanimate nation.  Coming from a nation whose public transportation networks are so undeniably terrible, I am always impressed with Soviet metro systems as they are fast, efficient, inexpensive, and have competently served numerous cities for decades. The Kharkiv […]

Kyiv Accommodation Guide: Where to Stay in Kyiv for All Budgets

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I have had a long and tumultuous relationship with Kyiv accommodation throughout the years. After several strings of bad luck with bad hotels in Kyiv, I finally have found some places I trust and love.  This is a guide to where to stay in Kyiv for all budgets.  Kyiv Accommodation Guide: Where to Stay in […]

One or Two Days in Kyiv Itinerary: A Guide for First-Time Visitors

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It is no question that if you read my blog, you will quickly discover that Kyiv, Ukraine is my favorite city in the world.  The energy and unpredictability of the city have me captivated each and every time I visit.  And I have been there at least twenty times over the years.  This is a […]

Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine: Quick Travel Guide to a City You Know Nothing About

Kryvyi Rih has always been on my Ukraine travel list.  In fact, I have almost traveled there on two different occasions prior to my actual trip there a little over a month ago.  The problem with the industrial, Eastern Ukrainian city is that it really isn’t a tourist hub.  But then again, neither was Dnipro.  […]