One of the best reasons to watch videos, is that no matter what the political or even economic situation of a country, you can get a sense of the people and the culture. I never fail to smile or to be touched. In this case, the last video below, of a couple dining on hearty Ukrainian fare, in a unique restaurant, had me smiling the entire time. I felt as though I got to share their enjoyment of the local cuisine.

This is a really fun 9-minute video showcasing all the different kinds of ‘bubble waffles’ served as street food in Ukraine. Here’s a 12-minute, slide-show video of 100 places to visit in Ukraine. Here’s a 9-minute video of a couple dining in a unique Ukrainian restaurant and loving it. Of course, I watched the video way too close to lunchtime and ended up starving, lol!

FunFacts about Ukraine: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Ukraine, sometimes called the Ukraine, is a country in Eastern Europe. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42.5 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. (Source)
  • Ukraine has 2 main religions, Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek Catholicism.
  • Ukraine and Russia have a territorial dispute over the Crimea.
  • Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC, though there were Neanderthal settlements as early as 45,000 BC.
  • In the Middle Ages, Ukraine was a center of East Slavic culture, especially the state of Kievan Rus. Belarus, Russia and Ukraine all claim Kievan Rus as their cultural ancestors. There is some controversy as to whether the Kievan Rus were Vikings or Slavs. Evidence suggests this culture had a Viking ruling class with Slavs forming the majority of the population.
  • The city of Kiev, which is the capital of Ukraine, was the center of Kievan Rus culture.
  • In 1240, the Mongol Invasion destroyed the city of Kiev.
  • War characterized this part of Europe for centuries, through World War II. War against Germany raged in this region so that by the end of the war 700 Ukrainian cities and 28,000 villages were destroyed.
  • Chernobyl is located in Ukraine.
  • Today, Ukraine has a high poverty rate and is considered a developing nation.
  • Though Ukraine is struggling, they now rank fourth in the world in terms of certified IT professionals.
  • Ukraine has fertile farmlands and is one of the world’s largest grain exporters.
  • Ukraine is ranked 8th in Europe in terms of a tourist destination country.
  • Ukraine has the second largest military in Europe after Russia.
  • Ukraine has a president and a parliament.
  • Ukraine is a member of the UN.
  • Geographically, Ukraine is primarily a land of plateaus and fertile plains crossed by rivers. The delta of the Danube forms a border with Romania.
  • The Carpathian Mountains cross Ukraine in the west.
  • Ukraine has significant natural resources, but it faces many environmental issues including contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
  • The climate of Ukraine is temperate with a sub-tropical climate near the Crimea.
  • Though Ukrainian is the national language, many citizens speak Russian.

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34 thoughts on “Ukraine

  1. I wanted to see what bubble waffles were, and was surprised to see that I’ve eaten something very similar! There’s an ice cream shop near me that has those types of waffles (nothing inside the bubbles, though) that serve as the cone for the ice cream.

  2. Interesting facts and beautiful pictures!! I’d always assumed it was a cold and barren wasteland for some reason. Today I got schooled!!

  3. I loved all of the pictures. The videos were interesting to watch. I didn’t realize that I had the bubble waffles before, I wondered where they come from now I know. Ukraine looks like an interesting place to visit.

  4. Enjoyed the videos (that brad bowl of soup and cabbage rolls looked good). The bubble waffles looked really good. Loved the pictures.

  5. I am convinced the more videos I watch that we people are more alike than not. Religious and cultural differences aside at the core we all want the same things. I loved the videos and the photos are wonderful. Thank you for the lovely blog.. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful time with family & friends.

  6. Ukraine is one of those places I’d love to visit but probably never will. I love the unique architecture in the photos especially the ones of the churches.

  7. The pictures are amazing and I am sure so much better in person. I would never have known that Ukraine is only a developing country… The states seem to be the youngest but one that developed so quickly. How are the countries that are so old still developing?! It’s amazing how the world works. I want to go just to try the foods, that bubble waffle I tell ya, and that mushroom soup looked so delish. Must save for traveling adventures!!

    • Hi, B.Bowers!
      I had to think that one through myself: How could such an old place, with ancient history, still be a developing country? But what I think is this: World War II took a massive toll on this land and this people. They lost 700 cities and 28,000 villages. That’s so much rebuilding that must be done and it can’t happen quickly. There are probably other factors as well, like difficulties it’s hard to imagine under Communist rule in the 1950s.

      I’ve never lived in a war-torn region and it seems Ukraine has suffered centuries of war. They are still rebuilding.

      Anyway, that’s my best explanation…

      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  8. Beautiful pictures and loved #3-the yellow truck with the flowers and liquor. The churches are simply beautiful as is the country. Wouldn’t mind visiting it one day. AZ

  9. Beautiful country. Amazing looking food. I studied with my son about Chernobyl but I think there is a lot to learn about the Ukraine, aside from Chernobyl.

  10. Beautiful pictures, as ever. I’m especially fond of the churches. Beautiful architecture on them. Happy Thanksgiving from my desert to yours!

  11. All the pictures and videos are great. i thank you for them, as thru them I’m able to see all the wonders of the world. Thru them I feel as if I was there. As thru books when I read, I live the stories. Thank you again for the wonderful pictures. Have a great Thanksgiving together with your family. May God Bless you and your family.

  12. My dad’s family originally came from Ukraine. it is great to learn more about the country. One of the things that I did know was that the food is good.

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