Ukraine. Eastern Europe.
Country Biography. • Ukraineis a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it the largest country entirely within EuropeUkraine borders Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. The territory of Ukraine has been inhabited for at least 44,000 years,and is the prime candidate site for the domestication of the horseand for the origins of the Indo-European language family. Ukrainian population in 2014is estimated to be 44,291,413.
Art and Music. • Fine arts development in Ukraine harks back to the dawn of history. Archeological finds, especially dated to the period of Scythian and Trypilia cultures, are notable for proficiency of techniques and prove high artistic level of the artifacts by the ancestors of the present-day Ukrainians. • Many frescoes at St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev depict ancient Ukrainian musicians, but the story of music on the territory of Ukraine goes back to 20 thousand years ago, when the first music instruments were made of mammoth tusks as found by Kiev archaeologists near the historic city of Chernihiv.
Art and Music. Ukrainian music sample -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRSzqmeets4
Architecture. • Architectural tradition in the land of Ukraine is very old: here the pre-Christian remains of great structural complexes have preserved. For instance, these are Chersoneses and Olvia, the ancient Greek city-states on the Black Sea coast and in Crimea, and others. In particular, it is the Bilske settlement of the 7th to 3d centuries B.C. that scientists identify with the pre-historic city of Gelon described by Herodotus.
Fashion. • Ukraine is a modernized country. This time they dress like any other modern country but they have their own traditional clothing.
Food. • Culinary traditions in Ukraine are connected with ancient rituals. The calendar cycle of religious holidays combined with folk traditions requires a variety of specific foods. Christmas Eve supper consists of 12meatless dishes, including borshch, cabbage rolls,varenyky(known in North America as pierogi), fish, mushrooms, various vegetables, and a wheat grain, honey, poppy seed, and raisin dish called kutya. The latter dish is served only at Christmas time. On Easter Sunday food that has been blessed previously is eaten after Resurrection services. It includes a sweet bread called paska, colored eggs, butter, meat, sausages, bacon, horseradish, and garlic. On the holiday of the Transfiguration (19 August), apples and honey are blessed and eaten along with other fruits of the season. Various alcoholic drinks complement the meals. It is customary to offer a drink to guests, who must not refuse it except for health or religious reasons.
Language. - Ukrainian is an Indo-European language of the Eastern Slavic group. Its Cyrillic alphabet is phonetic; its grammar is synthetic, conveying information through word modification rather than order. -Ukrainian Language sample - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOnyc8UDgYA
Sports. • Sports such as football and wrestling have been popular in Ukraine since the 19th century. Ukraine has benefited from the Soviet Union's emphasis on physical education, and Ukraine was left with hundreds of stadiums, swimming pools, gymnasiums, and other athletic facilities after the collapse of the Soviet Union. • The sport in Ukraine is primarily governed by 40 federations of various Olympic sports that are all part of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine. The mass sport movement is driven by four main sports societies and two government sports committees of the Ministry of Education and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. All non-Olympic sports are governed by their respective federations of the Sports Committee of Ukraine.
Vacation Spots. • The number one tourist or vacation spot in Ukraine is Kiev. The nation’s capital.
Information Travel Tips. • What do you need to know for safe travels? Don’t carry excess cash and stay in a group ALWAYS. • What do you need to travel abroad? A u.s passport, visa fee and flight ticket. • What are some things to look out for as far as safety? Dark areas, pick pocketers and muggers. • What to do if you’re sick? Call for an ambulance at #999 and ask to be taken to a city hospital.
Information Travel Tips. • Where do you go if you feel your life is in danger? If you feel as if your life is in danger go straight to the U.S embassy or call the U.S consulate. • Where is the US embassy located? It is located on 11 Gigiri drive, Kiev, Ukraine, • Who is the US Embassy rep? The U.S rep in Ukraine is Joseph. P. Murphy. • Who is the US UN rep to your destination? Mathew Fliermans.
Information Travel Tips. • What currency does your destination use? Ukraine uses hryvnia. • What is the climate and seasonal patterns? Mostly sunny with showers from July- august. • When would be the best time to visit your destination? Beginning of the year or the end of the year.