Category Archives: Central & Eastern Europe

Duga: The Russian Woodpecker inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Soviets never did anything in an unostentatious manner.  Not even radars that were supposed to be kept a secret from the rest of the world.  Such is the case with “Duga” (meaning “arc” in English), commonly known as the Russian Woodpecker. I have long had a desire to travel to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. […]

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 of where to stay in Kyiv for all budgets.  Kyiv Accommodation Guide: Where to Stay in […]

A Travel Guide to Soviet Dnipro, Ukraine

Old Circus building in Dnipro, Ukraine

Most travelers familiar with Eastern Europe are aware that the farther east you head in any of those countries, the more ‘Russified’ the place becomes.  This doesn’t necessarily stand true for Central Europe or the Balkans, two regions often classified as Eastern Europe (and it kind of bothers me), but rather for Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltics, […]

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.  […]