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How to Expat – Language Learning

We are already back to school, which makes it the perfect time to hunker down and finally pick up one of those pesky languages that you’ve been meaning to learn. In a city the size of Kyiv, you have plenty of options and will be able to find that which suits any schedule and level. […]

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The Museum of Corruption

Some friends came to visit, one each from Canada, the UK, and South Africa. Discussing their itinerary of “must see” things in Kyiv, the Mezhygir mansion came up. So one sunny day, off we went to Kyiv’s ‘Museum of Corruption’ Upon arrival, there was a wide choice of transport options, segues were 500 UAH an […]

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Blood of Our Soil

Inspired by personal accounts from war-torn Ukraine in 1944 and true stories from the country’s current conflict, Blood of our Soil is the newest creation of Canadian writer/actress Lianna Makuch. She brings her play to Kyiv this month for a staged reading at the Les Kurbas Centre. It is timely, considering the 5-year anniversary of […]

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Last Screening

The final credits rolled and the lights went up for the final time in two historic Kyiv cinemas on 30 September. The sudden closures of both Ukraina and Kinopanorama cinemas have left city cinephiles bereft. However, unlike the groundswell of support to restore the cinema Zhovten in Podil after it was extensively damaged by arson […]

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Ramblings of a Single Guy Stuck in Kyiv

Here’s the reality …on being a single foreign man in Ukraine or just being a single man with a couple volumes of old and current playbooks. I’ll admit that I’m sucker for brunettes; especially if they have light eyes. Coming from the US, and having lived in eight different states, in five major cities, and […]

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Okean Elzy takes on the Country

For the past three years, the largest national holiday in Ukraine – Independence Day – has combined with concerts by Okean Elzy. Kharkiv, Odesa, and Lviv marked the occasion with the Ukrainian super-group in previous years. This year, it was Kyiv’s turn. Okean Elzy has previously appeared at the biggest stadium in Kyiv twice: the […]

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Mission Impossible

They opened with much fanfare, but one key factor was overlooked. The 21st century upgrade to the stairs between Peizazhna Alley (Landscape Alley) and the Honchari-Kozhumyaki area leading to Andriivsky Descent was unveiled by Mayor Vitali Klitschko in July. He and other city officials lauded the opening, which – like an 80’s American TV show […]

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The Electrichka

As Ukraine moves further away from its post-Soviet past, Conversely, we look at how best to experience it before its gone For those who don’t know, the electrichka is a very slow, very uncomfortable, local train teeming with interesting stories and fascinating characters. It’s like you have a front row seat to a Ukrainian sitcom […]

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