Heading to Paris? Do keep your expectations high and get your traveling smooth

Heading to Paris? Do keep your expectations high and get your traveling smooth

I haven’t been fortunate to visit Paris yet, but the City of Light has always been on my bucket list. And no, I’m not romanticizing the capital of France, but I do keep my expectations high. There is no way a city with rich historic and literary heritage could be disappointing, and I can hardly ...read more »

Taras Shevchenko Museum in Moryntsi – a journey to the Ukrainian past

Taras Shevchenko Museum in Moryntsi – a journey to the Ukrainian past

Almost every nation has a revolutionary poet who belonged to the poorest section of society and whose passionate poetry sounded like a voice of the whole nation. Ukraine is no exception. Every Ukrainian is familiar with Taras Shevchenko‘s ‘Testament': When I am dead, bury me In my beloved Ukraine, My tomb upon a grave mound high Amid the spreading ...read more »

Maslenitsa festival in Ukraine – celebrating the arrival of spring

Maslenitsa festival in Ukraine – celebrating the arrival of spring

My family back in Ukraine is celebrating Maslenitsa at the moment – it’s a week-long festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Maslenitsa is celebrated not only in Ukraine, but in all eastern Slavic countries. Most of our festivals represent intertwined Christian and Pagan traditions, and this one is no exception. In Christian Orthodox tradition, it’s the ...read more »

Varenyky – famous Ukrainian dumplings

Varenyky – famous Ukrainian dumplings

If by any chance you've seen "Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka", you remember the humorous episode in which varenyky kept jumping into Patsyuk's mouth all by themselves 🙂 If you haven't, than it's highly recommended, especially for those interested in the Ukrainian culture. It's there on YouTube with English subtitles. Alternatively, you can read the ...read more »