Ukraine Blogs

Need wood?

Our wood burning stove is fantastic – especially as don’t have any mains gas yet. Heating up 240 sqm of concrete in cold weather is not an  easy task but already the stove is working and taking off the chill.

Christmas markets & typhoid shots

While we had planned to enjoy a quiet pre-Christmas week in Kiev, friends were heading to Budapest to see the Christmas markets.  Once again swayed by the "when else will we be this close" logic, we decided to join....

The expat’s real experience on driving in Ukraine

Jason Row, a photographer and filmmaker, tries to comprehend ex-Soviet dimension. This time – by testing Mercedes on the Ukrainian roads. More:

Meal in Kharkiv

A short practical guide on Kharkiv cafes and bistros by the local expat. More details + fotos:

The ban signs: for bewaring of or for laughfing at?

A collection of the ban signs and notifications from the public places:

The cultural cinema shock

The Kiev expat was really amazed by visiting the famous Kiev cultural citadel – ‘Zhovten’ cinema hall – for the Ukrainian nominee for Oscar-2014 ‘Parajanov’ show.

The domovenok

A mystic story about the real trouble with plumbing, from Kharkiv.


Building a House in Ukraine

After considerable delay GASK have produced the commissioning certificate with a flourish and that means we can apply for Gas – and get cracking with the water and drainage connections. Wooooo hooooo!!!

As stated in previous posts, the gas connection some 15m away will take 3 months because that is the maximum period they are allowed. And soon it is winter.

Fall - in photos

I decided that instead of writing this time, I would show you. If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are 10,000 words for you. 

Spirit over Safety

It has become clear that Ukraine is not exactly a place where health & safety come first.   


Expat Poll

With Russia now acting aggressively in the Azov sea what should happen next?

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