What You Don’t Know About Ukraine

Let’s talk about Ukraine. What comes to your mind, when imagine this country? You have some thoughts, don’t you? Some people think, they know everything, if they follow news, but it is not always true. In order to learn more about this country, you should spend some time there. It’s the best way to reveal facts and know the truth. Continue reading, and we’ll discover four the most popular myths about Ukraine.

Ukraine is a cold country most of time

This myth is pretty common among people from different continents. Does it sound like you thought? If yes, let me explain the following. Ukraine has four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. Winter is the only one of the four, when it’s really cold and snowing a lot from time to time. Thanks to its continental climate, the differences in Ukrainian temperatures are incredible, especially in the eastern part of the country. It can be up to +40 in summer time and up to -30 in wintertime. Visit Ukraine during different seasons and become amazed, because you won’t see those huge seasonal differences in Western Europe.

Ukraine in winter
Ukraine in winter

There are available activities for every season in Ukraine: go skiing in winter, visit parks and gardens in spring, swim in Black and Azov Seas in summer and go hiking in Carpathian mountains in autumn. Surely, if you don’t want to dispel the myth about coldness and snowy, the best time to Ukraine is during New Year and Christmas holidays. Dress warmly and do winter activities - make a snowman anywhere in the country. If you want to explore winter in mountains, do sledding, skiing or even hiking, visit Carpathian Mountains in the Western part of Ukraine. Enjoy the snowy season in Ukraine!

Ukrainian is a dialect of Russian

As a result of the long Soviet Union history, when Russia and Ukraine were two parts of the same country. That’s why a lot of people around the world still think, that Russian and Ukrainian languages are quite the same. But it’s wrong. Even though, these languages are so similar (according to linguistic research they have around 65% of similar words), they are not the same. You are right, these languages appeared from the same Slavic language group. If you go back to the Slavic tribes, their language is more similar to Ukrainian, than Russian. So, there is no reason to think, that Ukrainian language is a dialect of Russian. It’s true, that many local Ukrainian people have Russian as their mother tongue. However, most of them are bilingual and aside the political situation, language issue never was a big problem for local people.

Ukrainians in their traditional clothes
Ukrainians in their traditional clothes

When it comes to English, most of young people can speak the international language. Anyway, local people would really appreciate, if you can learn couple of phrases in Ukrainian.

All Ukrainians drink a lot

This superstition has roots in Soviet Union, when people of this country had an image of severe alcoholics with kind hearts. This image appeared thanks Soviet films and Russian culture, which was spread to the Ukrainian territory.

Alcohol in Ukraine
Alcohol in Ukraine

Another reason of this myth is cheap alcohol in Ukraine. Undoubtedly, it is true, but don’t forget the fact, that everything is cheap in Ukraine. Let’s say it’s one of the cheapest countries in the world, because of economic crises and low salaries. According to the investigation, completed by the World Health Organization, Ukraine has 22nd place in the world, considering the level of alcohol consumption. Furthermore, Ukraine shares this place with Italy, which is far from the alcoholic image in the world’s community. Even though, there are several popular vodka factories in Ukraine, they export this beverage a lot and most of people drink vodka only on a special occasion. It might be strange for you to hear that, but more and more young people have a healthy lifestyle and don’t consume alcohol at all.

The whole Ukraine was contaminated by Chernobyl

A memorial to victims of Chernobyl
A memorial to victims of Chernobyl

It’s true, that the explosion in Chernobyl in 1986 became a real tragedy for Ukrainian people. Yes, it was a huge ecological disaster not only for Ukraine, but also for Belarus and most of countries in the Northern and Central Europe. Moreover, the effect of radiation is still noticeable in these countries: the area around the dreadful explosion is still uninhabitable.

Anyway, you shouldn’t worry about the quality of food, because special authorities check the level of radioactivity regularly. Do not hesitate to taste Ukrainian food the quality of food is very high and many foreigners claims, that the food is so delicious. Today Chernobyl Nuclear power station is a popular tourist destination for foreigners. This place attracts people all over the world for its abandonment and mysticism.

We have ruined only four the most known myths about Ukraine among many others. Do you have any other superstitions you want to check? Let me know. Anyway, there are so many reasons to visit Ukraine. What are you waiting for? Start your own exploration of this country and challenge the stereotypes in your mind. It’s the true mission of travelling, isn’t it?

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