Life hacks for tourists to Ukraine from the Swedish guest
Feedback from Stephen Abrahamsson from Sweden
Going to Ukraine, a tourist needs to know the following:
- Numerous frightening stories about military operations and dangers of visiting the capital are all far from being true. Yes, there is a crisis in the east of the country, but people in Kiev have forgotten about the situation and are living peacefully. It is difficult to find a place in restaurants, and on Fridays and Saturdays clubs are crammed. There is not a single hint that the country is going through difficult times. Moreover, the influx of tourists over the past year and a half has grown by 40% and continues to grow. For those who do not follow the events in the world, we remind that at the end of 2013 there was a revolution in Ukraine.
- Eastern post-Soviet Europe has always been very financially attractive for tourists. A good dinner of several meals plus dessert and wine in average level restaurant will cost 10-15 dollars. A trip with Uber from one end of the city to another is about 2-3 dollars, and the metro costs 0.15 cents. Should we continue? Of course, if your expenses are not limited, Kiev gladly offers hotels (Hyatt, Hilton, Raddisson, 11 mirrors), restaurants, SPA, nightclubs and shopping malls of a quality that does not differ from European.
- Choosing the program to explore the sights of the city, use the services of local guides. As stated in paragraph 2, Kiev is not expensive city, so why not use the services of a guide who will tell everything about the nature and architecture surrounding you. This is worth it, because the history of Kiev is over 1500 years and it will definitely be interesting not only to look at Kiev sights, but also to listen to legends and historical facts. To make it short, we recommend a service that we used and were satisfied with, its Guide me UA.
- If we talk about people, Ukrainians are friendly and open-minded, or at least that is the impression we have got during our 5-day stay. But, unfortunately, they poorly speak English, so we had to communicate mainly with the staff at the hotel, restaurants and our guide. So if in the street you ask how to get somewhere, people will really be willing to help, trying hard to explain, but mostly with gestures.
And finally, it should be said that it is true Kiev is certainly not Paris, and not Barcelona, but it’s a special city, definitely deserving your visit.