Category Archives: Soviet History & Architecture

How to Take a Nuclear Missile Base Tour from Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukraine Nuclear Missile Base Tour from Kyiv-13

There are many amazing day trips from Kyiv that one can embark on and every trip offers something for various types of travelers.  If you’re into USSR history and the history of Ukraine, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this nuclear missile base tour from Kyiv.  This is a guide that details how […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Must-Have Soviet Architecture Books for Your Coffee Table

6 Soviet Architecture Books for Your Coffee Table

If you come and hang out at my apartment, you will be quick to realize that I have a coffee table full of Soviet architecture books and a bookshelf filled with other types of reads that pertain to the same era.  These are my favorite books about Soviet architecture that you can order for yourself […]

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 […]