Logo

The Underestimated City of Lutsk

Kaitlin Vitt
15 May 2018

When people heard I was going to live in Lutsk for two months, they warned me there would be nothing to do. I gladly accepted that as a challenge. I often cheer for the underdog, my home city in Canada a good case in point. Winnipeg has not one but two professional underdog sports teams – the Winnipeg Jets and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
I moved to Lutsk in March, welcomed by -20 C temperatures, but that didn’t stop me from exploring. There aren’t many English internet search results about Lutsk, but a self-guided walking tour came up, and my friends and I followed it.
The tour took us to the home of sculptor Mykola Golovan. It’s extravagant, decorated with hundreds of sculptures, some with stories to tell. Someone told me a local legend that if you whisper a wish into the ear of a lion sculpture, the wish will come true. This odd though spectacular home was a good representative for the tone of the city – quirky, a little rough around the edges, but definitely a sight to see.
Near the city centre is Lubart’s Castle, dating back to the 14th century. It’s interesting to walk through, but the real fun lies in the market next to the castle. You can buy everything you need, and everything you don’t – shoes, clothes, food, souvenirs, live chickens, auto parts… I heard talk about moving the market and putting something more aesthetically pleasing there. As a tourist and part-time local, the market’s location didn’t bother me. It didn’t take away from my castle experience, plus the market is convenient since it’s near downtown.
At markets (another good one is near PortCity mall), at stores, and on the streets, people in Lutsk were extremely kind. I said something similar about Chernivtsi, but the people’s charisma in Lutsk stood out. When saying goodbye, people wished you happiness and good luck, or other times they’d wish for you to have a good mood. Though people do this in other cities, the frequency was noticeably higher in Lutsk.
My Lutsk friends would call me and my friends on days we wouldn’t all see each other, making sure all was okay and asking if we needed help, maybe it was partly because we were guests in their city, but nonetheless, their concern for us was genuine.
Lutsk isn’t on everyone’s Ukraine travel list, but it’s near a major tourist spot, Lviv, so why not check it out? Maybe you’ll catch one of the many concerts. DakhaBrakha and Joryj Kloc played while I was there, and DziDzio performs in June. Plus, the Volyn National Choir and Ensemble often has performances, and they are one of the strongest song and dance ensembles in the country. (And I’m not just saying that because I trained there for two months.)
There are things Lutsk can improve on, like littered streets and derelict buildings, but if we stop disregarding Lutsk as a place to visit, it can continue to evolve into its quirky, happy, and entertaining self.

 

Paragraph 8: “Chernivtsi”
https://whatson-kyiv.com/the-chernivtsi-lifestyle/

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on TumblrEmail this to someone


Read More

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A hat is still much more than a piece of clothing. It is the most noticeable accessory anyone can wear. Madonna emphasised the significance of this item even more as she graced the cover of the August issue of Vogue Italia donning stylish headwear – tailor-made by promising Ukrainian designer, Lviv-born Ruslan Baginskiy. Before the […]

X