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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
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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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Ukraine

Colorful and unique places in Ukraine


From the series “Top 14 Most Polluted Cities of the Planet”
Nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 on the Chernobyl plant, is considered one of the greatest ecological catastrophes in human history. Their consequences for the once flourishing industrial city became irreparable. Today Chernobyl is the empty ghost town, which is absolutely unsuitable for life. The huge emission of radioactive pollutants in the explosion became the largest in the whole history of atomic energy. Even today, it is very dangerous to visit the city, as the radiation level is still high.

According to official data, dozens of people have died from radiation. Thousands of people living in the field of damage suffered from oncological diseases. The terrible catastrophe had also added irreparable harm to the reproductive system of humans. The number of inborn pathologies … Read all

Optimistic Cave

From the series “Largest and Most Branched Caves on Earth”
Literally the most optimistic cave (Optymistytschna cave) in the world is located in Ternopol region, in Ukraine. It has the impressive size. The confused tunnels of the cave have the length of more than 230 km. The Optimistic Cave is the longest peak in the world. The complicated underground labyrinth was discovered in 1966. To date, more than 200 large expeditions have visited the cave.

One of the most striking discoveries of the scientists were the helictites - the unique calcite information. It was formerly thought that the Helictites can develop exclusively in the limestone caves. If the scientists will prove that the complex complex of the underground labyrinths is linked to the neighboring cave by the Optimistic Cave, it becomes one of the greatest speleological discoveries of … Read all


From the series “The Most Impressive Abandoned Cities on the Planet”
The Ukrainian city of Pripyat has always been associated with one of the most horrible disasters in the world over the past decade – an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. That was the construction of the plant that marked the beginning of a new settlement. Pripyat was officially proclaimed a city in 1979 and had grown to a population of more than 47 000 people by the time it was evacuated, seven years later. On April 28, 1986, the very next day after the explosion the "City of Atomic Scientists" was almost empty.

The deserted city is located on the banks of the nearby Pripyat River. The city itself and the surrounding areas have been so badly contaminated by radiation fallout that they were declared a danger zone. The main threat to visitors is radioactive dust that has … Read all
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Advices for popular cities of Ukraine

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
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
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
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
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
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
1. Trams and trolleybuses are considered main means of public transport; they move freely throughout the territory of Kharkov. Tickets are purchased from a busman or a driver. The city also has a rather unusual form of transport, the cable way. 2. Banks and other government agencies serve visitors from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; some large institutions can work up to 7:00 pm. Foreigners can exchange currency not only in banks, but also in specialized exchange offices with quite ample working hours. … Read more
1. From the railway and bus stations you can get to any resort area by public transport, the most common type of which is a fixed-route taxi. It is not advisable to use the services of ordinary taxi drivers, who are on duty at city stations; the cost of their services is very high. 2. Yevpatoria is a pretty quiet resort, so you can walk around the embankment and the central streets without fear, even at night. At the same time, do not forget about the elementary measures of caution. To take … Read more

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