This is my first week in Ukraine and it has been simply the best.

Eastern Europe is known for being an exquisite place to visit, and Ukraine is a part of that. When I arrived here, I was astonished by how it makes you feel. When you walk around the streets, you feel as if you are walking in the past and in now. The soviet architecture is present everywhere that you go. The buildings are divided into ancient architecture and modern, and this is not something you can find everywhere.

Another aspect that makes this place a very attractive country is the price. The national currency, Grivna, has decreased in the past years. If you have one dolar, in Ukraine you will have something around 25 grivnas. You can easily survive in here with a 10 dolars per day budget. In restaurants, you’ll be able to find meals for the price of 40 UAH (including a drink), or less than 2 dolars. The subway will get you to most of  the places, and costs 4 UAH. Taxis are a great option as well. To go from the city center to another town, it will cost you around 80-100 UAH, or something around 4 dolars.

As for entartinment, Kyiv is a great place as well. Since I arrived, there were something around 2 concerts, a festival and some plays. If you’re a fan of museums, this is a great place to go. You’ll find places as National Art Museum, Second World War Museum, Chernobyl Museum, Water museum and much more. I went to the Water Museum and it was absolutely great. It was very interactive and full of new things to learn, and was also available in english.

As all things, Ukraine also has it’s negative sight. When you are a tourist that doesn’t speak a word of Ukrainian, coming here might be a little bit harder. It is very hard to find someone that speaks english and is willing to help you, specially if you’re located outside of the city center. In Vyshneve, for example, I’ve never found someone that could speak english, not even in the reception of the hostel. But when you are in downtown, you have a higher chance. People  were willing to help me in restaurants, even if in another language.

The last thing, but a very important one: Kyiv is a safe place. When I told my parents that I wanted to come to Ukraine, they were very concerned about my safety due to the events in Maidan in 2014. With the crisis going on, it’s normal to question how safe it can be. As I walked around the city, the war was hardly noticeable. If you’re not going to the Russian border or Crimea, you’ll definetely have nothing to worry about corcining this.

I’m simply loving this experience, and it’s great to have such an amazing team helping us with everything that we need.