My first time visiting Ukraine was in 2008. I came to visit a good Ukrainian friend I had met in Canada and I thought it was time I visited on her home turf in Nyzhne Selysche, a beautiful town set deep in the Carpathian mountains. Because of renovations going on at my friend’s house, I stayed several nights with her good friends, Nataliya and Tanya. On my first day staying with them, they took me along to the community centre, where they ran theatre and drama workshops for
Hello and welcome! Olia Hercules here, come and join me on an amazing trip to Western Ukraine, where we will basically have a fun holiday together, cook and eat loads of delicious food and learn a bunch of foodie things. My slightly mad descriptions of what we will be doing are below….enjoy and join us! Day 1 - Thursday We scoop you up at the train station in Kiev. We will take an old and soothingly rattling overnight train to Mukachevo. We will eat the traditional train jour
Our last trip for this year was a total success, we will soon be advertising our new group tour itineraries for 2017, keep your eyes peeled! In the mean time enjoy this lovely comment from Kerstin about village experience during our latest trip to Carpathians:- "I was there, and helped prepare that! We actually ground the corn for a polenta-style 'porridge' using an old, traditional millstone. A lot of hard work - you mill the dried sweetcorn, sieve it through the air to r
Living in densely populated Britain, it is easy to forget that wilderness can still be found in Europe, albeit at its far-flung corners. In Transcarpathia we were lucky enough to walk through one of the continent’s largest primeval beech forests. This means it has remained untouched by man since its birth at the end of the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago. We hiked for more than a mile up its steep slopes, shaded from the heat of the midday sun by the canopy of massive b
The village of Nyzhnie Selyshche is in Transcarpathia, the western mountain region of Ukraine, a beautiful very rural area, which has been called “Europe’s last wild frontier". In late May a group of people from Hereford and the Welsh Marches, visiting there with Experience Ukraine, watched as Natalia Cummings presented the village’s Youth Theatre group with an amazing sum of £1665, raised by donation and by a Ukrainian Evening held in Fownhope Memorial Hall.
The Youth The
Driving through rural Transcarpathia on roads so potholed they would make the surface of the moon look like a croquet lawn, we came across a woman selling fruit from a roadside stall. Specifically, she was selling strawberries. Tray upon tray of them. Giant-sized and so, so sweet. A King-sized feast for the princely sum of 20 hrivny or 60p per kg. This was fruit her family had grown themselves on their own land and were now selling to supplement their income. Everyone, it see