What surprised me in Ukraine?
Written by Lea
I was born in eastern Slovakia, actually not that far from Ukrainian border, but I have never been to this country. Strange, since I have been eager to see the world, see, taste, explore as much as possible, but Ukraine somehow didn’t have any specific vibes for me in the past, to be honest.
Now, after months spent in the East side of this country, traveling here and there with my husband, I can tell you, what I surprised me the most as a bloody tourist.
I was surprised how big is Kiev capital. I knew it is the capital, and it is supposed to be the top, but I was amazed how big and beautiful it is. Masses of people walking out of the metro, buzzing around through wide boulevards, urban coffee places, stunning architecture…
Hardly anybody spoke English. Maybe it was just my prejudice or being spoilt, that people mostly use English as the main foreign language. At least when it comes to Europe. Well, I had to use my Slovak, which has the same roots and improvise with so-called Russian words. After long time I felt threatened.
Prices! Omg, how expensive is Kiev compare to the rest of Ukraine and taking into account average salary there. For example, I find Kharkiv, the second biggest city in Ukraine, amazing and pleasant to pay your checks.
I expected people to be more united, since the situation on the East side of the country. On the contrary, I understand Westerns consider themselves higher than their Eastern companions.
Islands of luxury in the in flood of poor environment in small eastern Ukrainian cities. Modern gym with the latest equipment or luxury beauty saloon in the middle of poor area of blocks of flats with glued balconies and moldy walls.
Great quality of milk products.
Not very special customer service. I was a bit disappointed with this, since it;s been said often our Slavic nationalities are very welcomed and warm. Maybe within the family and friends, but when it comes to customer service, do not expect too much.
Have fun in Ukraine, guys!