Do any of you have Ukrainian Ancestry?
Dobryy den! I'm not Ukrainian at all ( I was born in France of Eurasian descent but I've lived in the States for 15 yrs.) but I met a group of other wonderful youths directly from Ukraine during the summer through work (they were there as counselors, I worked in the arts/crafts building). It was such a pleasure for me to become acquainted with them and their culture and lifestyle. Before this truly wonderful experience I became fascinated by Russia and their culture and am planning a trip there in a few years. Then camp arrived, and I got to meet people from Russia's neighbor to the west- "Ukraniya". They taught me some more Russian words (I've been teaching myself this great language about one year before I went to camp) and one of them, who became close friends with, even taught me some Ukrainian words like "tak", "baba", "tato", "brat", etc. and introduced me to Ukrainian cuisine like borschh and perogies. She showed me some photos of Kyiv and it looked BEEEAUUTIFUL
She's even invited me to go over to Ukraine sometime soon and stay with her in her Kyiv apartment. Now I'm anxious to go over to both Russia AND Ukraine and get a brand-new taste of the other side of Europe. Would any natives of Ukraine, someone who's been to Ukraine, or anyone of Ukrainian ancestry please give me advice/info on what to bring w/ me on my trip, what to see, do, etc. or give me some useful websites on Ukraine travel? Also, if any, what are the cultural differences and similarities between the two former Soviet republics? Also if anyone here knows some simple Ukrainian words/phrases could you please post them somewhere on this forum? I'd say 'thank you' in Ukrainian, but I don't know how to (yet) and am not sure if it's the same as in Russian, but here goes-spasibo! I'd also like to give shout-outs to the ten friendly, gracious, intelligent colleagues I met last summer! :wink: