I have been fortunate to visit some beautiful places in my travels, but it’s always the personal encounters that are my favorite memories.
Scenes from Yaremche: Gateway to the Carpathians.
When traveling in a land with a very wide language barrier, even the smallest tasks become an adventure. Buying tickets, ordering food or obtaining train schedules takes twice as long and is infinitely more fun when everyone has only 3 words in common.
After almost a week in Ukraine, we were feeling pretty confident, cocky, even. After all, we’d just successfully taken 4 or 5 different buses through the Carpathians, and we could even read town names in the Ukrainian alphabet. Look at us go!
A good bowl of typical Ukrainian borsch usually contains a hearty helping of beets, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, tomatoes and sometimes meat, seasoned with dill and garlic, simmered in a rich meat stock and topped with a dollop of smetana (homemade sour cream).