Ukraine is a rapidly changing country.
Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe, both in area and population. Things are constantly in flux as Ukraine navigates its future. This looks promising, as it establishes closer ties with the European Union and reimagines itself as a cultural centre of Eastern Europe.
Accommodation in Ukraine
Expats moving to Ukraine will find that accommodation can be inexpensive, even in metropolitan areas.
Compared with the rest of Europe, Ukraine has an astonishingly low cost of living, despite this becoming increasingly expensive in the larger cities.
Ukraine has a rich cultural history and the lifestyle of its people is characterised by good food, deep friendships and a love of nature.
Ukraine is making the old new again by using traditional methods to make food that appeals to the contemporary palate. Expats should try local favourites like a steaming bowl of borscht (beet soup) with a creamy dollop of sour cream on the side. If this does not appeal, thin pancakes filled with anything from strawberry jam to garlic-fried mushrooms will surely fill the void. Everything from cherry dumplings, cabbage rolls and cold summer soups to delicious honey cake is on offer.
While Ukrainians can appear stiff and uncaring on the outside, it’s a different story once one gets to know them. Friendships are taken very seriously and people will go out of their way to help a friend.
The geography of Ukraine is bewilderingly diverse, and this means there is a lot to see and do. Summertime beaches are packed with families on a fun day out and young adults looking to party. Aside from the beautiful beaches, there seems to be an unlimited supply of castles, ancient ruins and caves to explore. Meanwhile, the nighttime party circuit is legendary.
Getting around Ukraine is easy. While a small number of people prefer to fly or drive, most travel by rail. Trains criss-cross the country on short day trips and overnight journeys.
Private cars are almost prohibitively expensive on the average Ukrainian salary, so many people rely on public transportation. Because of this, it’s impossible to go more than 15 minutes without seeing a taxi, city bus or tram. Larger cities, such as Kiev, have metro systems which are cheap, incredibly clean and convenient.
It probably doesn’t come as a shock that alcohol (especially locally produced beer and wine) retails for much less than it does in other countries. All this means that unless a huge amount of luxury is involved, a night out on the town will leave partygoers with more than enough money for breakfast the next day.
For those who have a vacation coming up, travel packages are sold at local travel agencies. All-inclusive vacations to Turkey and Egypt are hot sellers, while outbound plane tickets from Ukraine to other destinations in Europe are available at a low price.
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