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Travel tips for Ukraine - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

1. If you want to give flowers to a Ukrainian woman, you need to make sure that it is an odd number of flowers. An even number of flowers in a bouquet is suitable only for funerals, and such carelessness can offend a Ukrainian woman. If she is superstitious, it could even frighten her. Do not present expensive gifts to a Ukrainian, even if it is from the heart. The Ukrainian, having received a gift, which by his standards is too expensive, will consider himself obliged to the presenter. He may also be suspicious and decide that the one who presented such a gift is devising something and wants to bribe him (the receiver) in advance. Also, do not buy things for unborn children, even if they seem necessary. Many Ukrainians see it as a bad omen. You cannot give knives and other sharp objects as a present, as this is a sign that the giver and the receiver will quarrel soon. Handkerchiefs are not presented either, because it is believed that the handkerchief received as a gift will bring tears. There is no need to give mirrors either. If you decide to present a wallet to a Ukrainian, you first need to put some money in it; the smallest coin will do — to attract money.
2. It is point-blank unheard of to confuse and mix Ukrainians and Russians, Ukraine and Russia, for obvious reasons this is simply insulting. The height of disrespect will be to call these countries the same or declare that Ukraine is part of Russia.
3. If you want to whistle in the room, you need to make sure that no one is nearby. Whistling in the house, even virtuously, prophesies financial problems for its occupants and the whistler himself. Some Ukrainians treat whistling in non-residential premises with prejudice as well.
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4. Entering the house or apartment of a Ukrainian, you should immediately take off your shoes. The vast majority of Ukrainians have spare slippers for guests. Wiping the soles on the doormat is unacceptable, street shoes will not be tolerated here – they won’t let you seat at the table for sure.
5. Upon meeting you should shake hands firmly, maintaining eye contact, especially when it comes to business partners. A strong handshake symbolizes confidence, and an open look – honesty. A person with wandering eyes or dull eyes does not command trust.
6. Women go to Orthodox churches with covered heads and in skirts, which must cover their knees. Men on the other hand take off their hats in the church. Shorts, open shoes and bright T-shirts are not allowed, no matter how hot it is. In churches and temples, it is forbidden to take pictures, talk on the phone, or even talk in general.
7. Never congratulate a person on his birthday before the date, or even celebrate the event in advance. This is considered a bad sign, not promising the celebrant anything good. Some people even believe that this may reduce a person’s life. To congratulate a person and celebrate the birthday in areas does not presage anything bad. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
8. The fig sign is considered a rude gesture; you should not point a finger at a person or an object. If you want to make an indication, you can use all fingers of the open palm. It is acceptable to beckon on somebody with one finger-gesture only if this somebody is an animal. In cafes and restaurants you should not click your fingers when calling for a waiter – this is very rude.
9. Those who refuse to drink in the company of others may be looked at askantly and the refusal written off as snobbery. Some hosts will be gravely offended if guests refuse to drink with them. Usually they drink to the health of those who are present at the gathering, if other toasts are not offered. If you had a chance to attend such a sad event as a commemoration, you cannot refuse a shot of vodka. Everyone must remember the departed; refusal will be considered as an insult to his memory. For those who for some reason completely reject alcohol, it is better to mention it immediately to the new Ukrainian acquaintances as soon as the topic to join in a feast approaches.
10. You should not refuse eating on a visit, and you must certainly eat the entire portion served you. If the guest does not eat any product, he needs to inform his host of it politely immediately upon receiving the invitation.
11. Ukrainians know that some not very educated residents of the USA and some European countries are barely familiar with the fact of the existence of Ukraine. It would therefore be a good idea to get acquainted with the culture of the country before your trip and learn a few phrases in the language. The Ukrainians will be flattered.
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12. Neither the city streets, nor nature can be littered. While walking among the beauties of Ukraine, you should not pick flowers or stomp plants. This is also a manifestation of respect towards a hospitable country.
13. You should know in advance the phone numbers of taxi services or install their applications. Taxi drivers waiting for customers at spots where many tourists are, can deceive unsuspecting foreigners by inflating the price and this is not the worst possible consequences.
14. Buying food near the subway is not the best thing to do; it often turns out to be of poor quality and may simply be dangerous.
15. In public places you should not bring out money, telephones, or cameras. In general, it is worth keeping an eye on your pockets and bags.
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Odessa catacombs

From the series “Unbelievable Underground Mini-Cities”
Odessa catacombs are one of the biggest in the world. Its length is approximately 2,5 thousand kilometers. The main part of the underground ways are the old quarries, where stones for city building were taken. In the 19th century the catacombs have begun to build but after the revolution the rock work have to be stopped. The reason covered in a serious geological threatens.

These huge undergrounds have an outstanding history. After the revolution in 1917 they were full of criminals. Many of them weren’t shut in a prison for decades because they hid deep in the underground. During the Second World War, these catacombs were the natural shielding for soviet soldiers. The most interesting labyrinths are located under the historical district of Odessa.

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Gorge Maryam-Dere

From the series “ Survived Artifacts of Early Christian Civilization”
In the immediate vicinity of the Crimean city of Bakhchisaray there is the valley is named after Mother Mary - Maryam-Dere. Adherents of the Christian religion know the gorge because of the old Assumption Monastery that was founded in the 8th century. According to legend, it has been built by monks, who fled from Byzantium. The picturesque gorge reminded them of the home country, so they decided to start their abode there. According to another version, the monastery was built on the spot where shepherds have found the icon of Holy Mother. The latter is widely known as the Bakhchysarai icon.

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Advices for popular cities of Ukraine

Dnepropetrovsk
1. Locals are treated visitors are quite restrained and benevolent. If necessary, they can always ask the way to interesting attractions or ask other interesting questions. 2. The working hours of museums and other cultural institutions are best determined at the tourist office. Those who want to visit a local theater or go to music concert, best purchase tickets in advance. For some cultural events, ticket sales are completed in a few days. 3. The city is convenient to travel by bus, … Read more
Kiev
1. The most profitable way is to pay for goods and services with national currency; you can use an exchange in any bank of the city. Most banks are open 5 days a week; Saturday and Sunday are days-off. Some large banks serve customers on Saturdays. 2. Tap water is not recommended to drink; it’s better to purchase purified bottled water, which you can buy at any grocery store. In Kiev there are lots of pumprooms, all decorated in style of antique hand pumps, they can be found in the territory … Read more
Hurzuf
1. Guests of Gurzuf have an excellent opportunity to visit Simferopol, with which the resort is connected by regular trolleybus service. The nearest resort villages can easily be reached by fixed-route taxis; guests can use the services of an ordinary taxi at any time. 2. There are not many gastronomic institutions in Gurzuf, most of them are concentrated on the embankment and are oriented, first of all, to tourists. Local restaurants and cafes will pleasantly surprise guests with affordable … Read more
Alushta
1. An alternative to local inns and hotels can be houses and apartments, which the locals willingly rent out to visitors. If you prefer a private apartment, do not agree to the first offer, the choice of housing in Alushta is very large, as well as the range of prices. The peak prices here are in August and early September. The price of accommodation depends on living conditions, as well as proximity to the sea. 2. Buy Crimean wine on the streets with hands with great care. Experienced … Read more
Lviv
1. Smoking tourists should take into account that local trains and buses are non smoking. For violating the smoking ban one will be charged with fees. One should pay attention to the restrictive signs placed in the streets. As a rule, near the government bodies and public establishments there are specially equipped smoking areas. 2. Lvov is a perfect destination for prudent tourists as the city offers a great variety of comfortable hostels. The hostel accommodation will cost from 10 to 15 … Read more
Odessa
1. Odessa features a wide network of public transport including buses, trams and trolleybuses. A cost of a bus trip will totally depend of the length of a trip meanwhile a cost of a trip in trams and trolleybuses is fixed. Fare should be paid to a busman in a passenger compartment. A popular city transport means is a route taxi bus which stops only on demand. These taxi buses should be stopped with a hand rise. However the buses can be stopped in such a way only from bus stops. 2. The Tandem … Read more

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