Ukraine through the eyes of
In Ukraine, for you are judged by their clothes.
Going to the people, the Ukrainians dress up in all the best
— no matter how poor they are. If you arrive in winter, you
can see with my own eyes, as women in high heels does not manage to
fall on the ice, and men — to go to clean his pants all day,
despite the mud.
Ukrainians love feast — drink, eat,
sing, tell stories and jokes. They are very good philosophers. The
friendly and happy to open the door a stranger, are familiar with no
more than a minute. Guests will be offered tea and probably well fed.
The cause of all troubles and bad weather for
Ukrainians — this evil spirit. The most powerful version
— the evil eye. It can be self-fulfilling fatigue,
depression, toothache, and quarrels in the family, problems at work,
Ukrainians love to read. Book — an
indicator of status. Therefore, even in the most remote place you'll
find a large library of Ukrainian and Russian literature. The Soviet
government permitted some to read foreign authors. Here people know
about Hemingway, Jack London, John Steinbeck and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Ukrainian folk songs are usually about love, love
for vodka or vodka. Sometimes more about fat. Some —
humorous, but most — are filled with sorrow. The traditional
instrument to accompany — pandora string in the form of
tears. But now, more singing with a guitar. Soviet folklore was also
included in the repertoire.
Foreigners are often shocked by the conviction of
the Ukrainians that blame for the crime victim herself. They never open
the door without asking «Hto tam?» Or looking
through the peephole.
In the market you will not sell stale products,
lash of compliments from all my heart and without irony.
Ukrainians know how to stand in line. However,
they do not respect other people in it. It may happen that you will
stand in her 20 minutes or more, while in front of you without an
apology will not fit anyone brazen. With this better not mess with. If
the front of the window you're looking for money or tickets, Ukrainians
think it gives them the right to take your place. Beware! You can get
to the end of the queue…
When comes the tram, bus or subway, about all
forgotten. Everybody is trying as quickly as possible to get into the
first transport, pushing all the others. If you are slow, risking not
Ukrainians love the photos. Every family has a
home with shovanku albums. Strangers on the street and will not resist
if they are removed. If an adult sees that it is removed, then it
ceases to smile and make a serious face, as a
«passport». If you ask him to smile, then he is
likely to respond — «vsyo» and leave.
Wheelchair users are only found near the church,
where they beg for alms. In Ukraine, for such people there is no
In buses and minibuses in the winter is very
cold, and you pray to a big babushka came and sat down next to you.
Trains — the best way to travel around
the country, as a train ticket on the cost of an airline ticket is
cheap. And there you will see the real Ukraine.
If you want to return alive from the Ukraine
— do not drink tap water. It tastes awful and terrible
diarrhea from it. Drink only butillirovannuyu or, in extreme cases,
boiled water. Tea and drinks in restaurants is safe.
If you want real Ukrainian food — do
everything you can to get to the family dinner. None of the restaurant
was not able to reach such culinary skill as a Ukrainian babushka.
Travel to Ukraine without food is considered a
sin. The people you just met, can give you with a huge basket of
products — «on the road». Even if it's
only a 2-hour bus transfer.
Ukrainians love to eat ice cream all year round.
Sell ??it and eat on the streets even on the coldest days of January.
If ice cream does not melt in your mouth, chew it. If you are traveling
with children, it's a good idea — buy a child seat to the
toilet and carry it with you. This may facilitate the visit horrible
toilets of the "hole in the ground." Or toilets on trains. Baby diapers
can be purchased at any big store. Just say
«pampers» with a Russian accent.
Packing things in Ukraine, take a sewing kit and
a decent supply of buttons, because they are often in Ukraine tear.
Depending on what part of the country you are traveling, bring
Ukrainian or Russian pocket dictionary, phrasebook, and better
Allows a man to treat you a drink, and to accept
the invitation to go to his house — a very bad idea.
Particularly insistent can tell you — deeply religious woman:
«Ya verushaya». And they get away.
Pack your things in a simple soft carrying case,
so as not to attract too much attention. For sightseeing, do not take
«bright» bags — put all their belongings
in plastic bags for shopping, which go to the majority of Ukrainians.
Thieves and not think of his stealing.
In the museum you immediately categorically
explain where to go and what to look for. Free walk halls —
it's «no-no», and if you dare miss a room or go in
the opposite direction, it will feel the wrath of the babushka. From
lack of funds in museums rarely warm, and the rangers do not include
light in the room while you are there do not go down. However, the
effect of light on and off depending on the direction of your movement
rather gives a sense of its own omnipotence.
Ukraine is more adaptable to an organized group
tourism. If you want to see something concrete — it is better
to choose this option. But if you do not know what the real Ukraine.
Incredibly rude woman at the ticket office, night trains, and attacks
on the nature of the window will remain coach. Yourself you'll have a
wonderful opportunity to talk with local, but it is most valuable and
most interesting in the journey to Ukraine.
If you think this topic is not
fully disclosed in this chapter, we look forward to your additions.
In the next chapter —
As I enjoyed
the trip to Ukrzaliznytsya.