If you spend a day in Transnistria, did the day actually occur? The journey to Tiraspol, Transnistria was one which nearly did NOT occur. It did not NOT occur because this non-country country’s borderland disputes have left a mix … Continue reading Transnistria: A Non-Country Country with Non-Money Money
Malta, Maldives, Madagascar. Yes please!
Moldova? Where is that? Continue reading Moldova? Where Is That?
Invaded by Mongols, seized by the Ottomans, the Cozaks, and once again by the Ottomans. Next came the Poles, then the Russians, then Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Ukraine. This city with an identity crisis made only stronger with time now teeters on … Continue reading A View From Ukrainian Skies: Day Tripping in Kamianets-Podilskyi
Over the span of five hours, we made three types of Vareniki, each with ingredients fresh from the host’s village. Twelve friends from five countries, each filled with potatoes, chives, cheese, cabbage and a sprinkle of unforgettable craziness. Continue reading Potatoes and Vareniki: Cooking Ukrainian
I found myself with an invitation to experience the traditions alongside my sweet Ukrainian friend and the celebrating party…We invited ourselves in to the bedroom where Mother laced up her daughter’s white lace bodice. Golden curls swept into a loose bun were covered in a flowing veil, reaching below her knees… Continue reading A Ukrainian Wedding Invitation
I napped, read, wrote and watched the scenery pass by in a flurry of yellows and blues as they mimicked the Ukrainian flag in their contrasting colors. Once in Khmelnestkyi, I performed an elegant barrel roll off the side of my reclining cushion and cinched up my rucksack… Continue reading Learning Russian in Ukraine
Where does Dracula Dream? Transylvania’s Bran Castle in Romania was built by Teutonic Knights and once home to Vlad III, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” novel. Watch what you wish for in the wishing well… it might just come true! Continue reading Dracula’s Lair in Photos: Transylvania’s Bran Castle
Follow my lead. Give it a chance! One day in Lviv and you’ll see enough to trust me and turn a deaf ear to those negative reports you’ve heard….Guess that means you’ll have to spend another day in Lviv. Or in my case, another four… Continue reading Life in Lviv, Ukraine: How Two Days Soon Turns into Five
I was in! No money was needed, no pleading my case, I simply passed in and out of consciousness and soon enough found myself in the same bus seat as before, this time in Ukraine rather than Poland. How simple. Continue reading Snoozin’ and Cruisin’ to Ukraine
Knowing someone in the city might make for an entirely different experience than hitting the streets solo, but it is a great place to explore either way. What are you waiting for, a written invitation? Continue reading An Invitation to Poland’s Capital : Friendships from Delhi to Warsaw