• Pavlo
    Chernivtsi

    Childhood in Soviet Ukraine

    The Place: Chernivtsi “Sunlight bounced off a mosaic of coloured tiles, visible only where snow had cascaded in an avalanche from the roof into the garden below. I was looking at the snow-dusted and grandiose UNESCO world heritage site, Chernivtsi University. Students strolled in and out of the main gate, seemingly oblivious to the breathraking beauty of what towered above them.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Pavlo Kolyadinsky, 36, Tour Agency Director “I was a PhD student in the geographical department. I finished that several years ago. It was to do with architecture and urban…

  • Ivano-Frankivsk,  Ukraine

    Escaping the war in Eastern Ukraine

    The Place: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine “The snow brought respite to my eardrums, muffling the noise and allowing a stillness to take hold of the city. Voices echoed across parks, crows cawed while they circled above, and wind swayed creaking branches as artificial sounds, for once, receded into the backdrop… the capital of the Carpathian region balanced the tranquility of a town with the vibrance and character of a city, giving me time to catch my breath and for my senses to recover after my last two stops in Ukraine.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Yulia Ostrohliad, 36,…

  • Oleksandr Rozhok
    Lviv,  Ukraine

    The 2014 Revolution & Christmas

    The Place: Lviv, Ukraine (Again) NOTE: When I first visited Lviv, I fell in love with it. So much so that I spent more than two weeks overstaying my welcome with a local couple and a cat called Wusek. Since I stopped for so long, I decided to find two interviewees in the city which, aside from being mighty convenient for me since I’ve already written about Lviv for a previous interview here and so won’t bore you with a repeated description, also gives a slightly broader view of life according to locals in this part of Ukraine. Enjoy! Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that…

  • Kiev,  Ukraine

    Witnessing the Ukrainian Revolution

    The Place: Kiev, Ukraine “Though now a capitalist society, Kiev’s bedrock of communism is far more obvious than anywhere else I’d visited… Rather than remnants of an archaic communist world peeking through the veneer of a more modern, capitalist culture, it seemed to be the other way round. Though advertisements, billboards and the glass and steel of the city’s business sector reflect what Kiev, and the rest of Ukraine, has now become since the fall of the USSR, they seemed like patches haphazardly stitched onto the old coat of the soviet world.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own.…

  • Lviv,  Ukraine

    Speaking Russian in Lviv, Ukraine

    The Place: Lviv, Ukraine “…the atmosphere in Lviv stood in stark contrast to the silence that befell my last stop in Poland once snow dusted the cityscape. Women emerged from their homes dressed to the nines in fur coats, men added a foot to their height in the form of soviet-era ‘cossack hats’ that inexplicably left their ears exposed, and street-sellers continued to go about their business with a few extra layers than normal in a city that wasn’t about to let ‘a little cold’ ruin it’s day.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. *In this interview, you…