Category Archives: Ukraine

18 Awesome Places to Visit in Ukraine (That Are Not Kyiv or Lviv)

Chernivtsi, Ukraine railway station

There is no shortage of amazing places to visit in Ukraine.  Most of us that have traveled the country extensively know this.  Unfortunately, not everyone has had the opportunity to visit Ukraine beyond Kyiv and Lviv and I think that they absolutely should!   So, I asked a group of travelers where they want you […]

Slavutych, Ukraine: The Soviet City Built for Chernobyl Refugees

Housing block in Slavutych, Ukraine

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 […]

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. […]

A Travel Guide to Soviet Kharkiv, Ukraine

Derzhprom in Kharkiv, Ukraine from a Soviet Travel Guide to Kharkiv

I remember the moment that I booked that train to Kharkiv from Kyiv’s central station.  I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I knew I had wanted to head east and Kharkiv just seemed like the obvious option.  I booked my ticket a few weeks in advance on the ‘fast train’, but I never […]

Thoughts and Photos from My Time in Chernobyl and Pripyat

My first trip to Ukraine was all the way back in 2011.  I say ‘all the way’ back because, unless you have been ignoring all major world news in recent years, you surely have heard about the revolution that took place in Ukraine and is still unraveling today.   Ukraine in 2011 is a very […]