Traveling Platzkart on Ukrainian Trains

Mention train travel in the former Soviet Union, and almost inevitably the discussion will at some point turn to the infamous “platzkart,” or third-class wagons. For those Westerners who have never traveled platzkart, the concept...

PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv

PinchukArtCentre 1/3-2, “А” Block, Velyka Vasylkivska / Baseyna Street ул. Большая Васильковская/Бассейная 1/3-2, блок А, Бессарабский квартал http://pinchukartcentre.org/ Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 to 21:00 Free admission PinchukArtCentre.org The PinchukArtCentre, located near the center of downtown...

Holosiivskyi National Park in Kyiv

Holosiivs’kyi Park, named after M.T. Rylsky / Голосiiвський парк iменi М.Т. Рильського Holosiivsk’ky District Голосiiвський район Metro Station Голосiiвська (Blue Line) Monastery Website: Goloseevo.com.ua Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv website: www.univ.kiev.ua Various attractions within...

Museum of the Strategic Rocket Forces in Pervomaysk

Museum of the Strategic Rocket Forces/ Музей Ракетных Войск Стратегического Назначения 10:00 to 17:00 daily 1025 hryvnias for full excursion through NovaMova (included in SRAS programs) www.rvsn.com.ua Sitting peacefully amidst the sunflower fields and apricot...

Keeping the Faith (Catholicism) in Kyiv

For some, traveling abroad can be as much a spiritual journey as a physical one, and tourists are often encouraged to visit religious relics and places of worship for their history, culture, and architecture. For...

Ukraine in Miniature Park in Kyiv

Ukraine in Miniature/Украина в Миниатуры Park in Kyiv Brovarsky Avenue 9V, Hidropark/ Броварски 9В, Гидропарк 10:00 – 17:00 daily 10 hryvnias Kyiv boasts a rising skyline of new apartment complexes and an expanding metropolitan area...

Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv

Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/ Центральный Музей Вооруженных Сил Украины in Kyiv 31 Grushevskogo Street/31 Грушевского Улица 10:00 – 18:00 daily (closed on Mondays) 10 hryvnias  The grandly named Центральный Музей Вооруженных...

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv

Dreamtown: Shopping and Entertainment in Kyiv Оболоньский просол, 1А Киев Located between Minska and Obolon metro stations Dreamtown is where American mall meets Disney world – in Kyiv, Ukraine. From shopping to delicious food to...

O’Panas Ukrainian Restaurant

O’Panas Ukrainian Restaurant / О’Панас, Ресторан Київ, 03124, парк ім. Тараса Шевченка, вул.Терещенківська, 10 Daily (Monday-Sunday): 8:00am – 12:00am Meals from $12 Opanas.com.ua Taras Shevchenko Park (Шевченка) in downtown Kyiv is a popular outdoor venue...

Why is the Metro…

The Village is a Russian-language publication in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev that seeks to inform locals about their various cities, their upcoming events, changes, and history. The following are two interesting entries from a...

St. Panteleimon Cathedral & Feofaniya Park in Kyiv

St. Panteleimon Cathedral & Feofaniya Park Собор Сятово Пантелемона и Парк Феофания ул. Академика Лебедева, 32, Киев Take the metro to Lybidska, take marshutka 548 to the park Tucked away in the outskirts of Kyiv,...

Kyiv Metro

Kyiv Metro / Київський метрополітен (or Київське метро) Opens daily between 5:30am and 6:00am (depending on the station) Closes daily at midnight Fares: 2грн ($0.25) per trip Unlimited half- or whole-month plans available: half-month: 48...

A Weekend at the Dacha

During my Russian studies at Indiana University over the past two years, the concept of a “dacha” or Soviet-era summer home always intrigued me. While my family has taken multiple vacations during which we stayed...

Beer in Ukraine

Mention alcohol in connection with any of the post-Soviet states, particularly Russia or Ukraine, and Westerners usually envision copious amounts of vodka being consumed by raucous and sweaty men. Like all stereotypes, the typical Western...

Varenichnaya Katusha Restaurant in Kyiv

Вареничная Катюша ул. Червоноармійська, 60 (Chervonoarmiis’ka Street, 60), Kиев 9:00 to 23:00 Meals from $10 www.katysha.com.ua “Вареничная Катюша” is a self-described “chain of restaurants in the Soviet style” in Kyiv, according to the official restaurant...

Puzata Khata in Kyiv

Puzata Khata / Пузата Хата in Kyiv Контрактовая Площадь, 2/1, Подол Mon-Sun 7:00-23:00 puzatahata.com.ua Пузата Хата is chain of Ukrainian cafeterias that serves great food at affordable prices. The name literally translated means “Hut of...

National Museum of Chernobyl in Kyiv

National Museum of Chernobyl / Национальный музей Чорнобиль Kyiv, 04071, Khoryv Lane, 1 Open Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00 Last Admission: Monday – Saturday at 17:00 Closed: Sunday and last Monday of each month...

TEDxKyiv Conference: Ideas Worth Spreading

TEDxKyiv: (Ukrainian) Ideas Worth Spreading Annual Event http://tedxkyiv.com/ Over the last few years, the TED organization has become increasingly popular and influential through its various talks, conferences, and awards. Started in 1984 to promote “Ideas...

Cafe Prego in Kyiv

Café Prego улиться Большая Васильковская, 56 (Chervonoarmiis’ka Street, 56), Kyiv 10:00 to 23:00 Meals from $9 http://www.prego.in.ua/ru/ Eating “foreign” food in a foreign city may not offer the most authentic local dining option, but the...

The National Opera of Ukraine

The National Opera of Ukraine / Національна опера України Kyiv, 01034, Volodymyrska st., 50 Convenient entertainment, rich culture, low cost Box-office hours:  Monday: – 11:00 – 19:00 All other days: from 11:00 – 19:30 Tickets...

Acclimating to Life in Kyiv, Ukraine

Today marks my third day in Kyiv, where I will spend the next couple of months studying Russian language at the NovaMova International Language School and interning at the Institute of World Policy.  Two of...

“Canteen” Cafe in Kyiv

Їдальня/Canteen Cafe Corner of Yaroslviv Val & Strelets’ka Streets Meals from $5  «Їдальня» is one of those ideal cafes often praised in study abroad guides and which can sometimes be very difficult to find: cheap,...

Parks and Recreation in Kyiv

Parks and Recreation, Ukrainian Style: Fitness and Fun in Kiev Parks have long held a charming and often central place—literally and figuratively—in American city life. In my own personal experiences growing up in rural Indiana...

Max Yacoub: Racism and Work in Russia and Ukraine

Max Yacoub was born to a Russian mother and a Sudanese father but raised mostly in Sudan and England. Most of his professional life has been spent in Russia and Ukraine working with the World...

David Diamonon: Railroads and Lacrosse in Russia

David Diamonon is Deputy General Director for Transolutions CIS, an American-owned company controlled by Amsted Rail that is focused on supplying rail equipment to the former Soviet states. Ethnically Filipino, he graduated with a degree in...

Chernobyl: A Tour of Ground Zero

By Lisa Horner Lisa Horner is a graduate of the Translate Abroad Program through The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS). She is currently working for SRAS in Russia as our Moscow Coordinator and Student Relations Manager....

Baruch M. Gurfein: New Tech in Moldova

Baruch M. Gurfein is a former AOL business development executive (ICQ) who is now Founding Partner & CEO at New Tech, a successful investment and business development company. New Tech has focused on the former...