@anyone who’s not from the US
is christmas as big of a deal where you live as it is here??? especially for countries where christianity isn’t the main religion like do you guys still have christmas everything all over everywhere for 2 months or no?
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This thread is just to get these feelings off my chest, there’s no real question or point.
I love making lists of places I want to go. I love creating rough plans, writing down all the activies I want to do and the cities I want to see. I think about the food I want to eat. Maybe I’ll do a workaway on a vineyard. Maybe I’ll get scuba certified or do a silent meditation retreat. I love art museums. There are so many hikes around the world I want to do, I would love to go to every national park (I live in the US). Most of the individual trips would be 3 weeks to a month minimum to really immerse myself and do all these things that I want to do.
I get a rush when making these lists but then after I feel kinda sad. I’m turning 27 tomorrow, it’s like time slips by so fast. Obviously with COVID I couldn’t travel out of the country even if I wanted to, but still. I feel the pressure to constantly work. Will I ever have that amount of time off, what are the chances of it being every year? I wish I had started traveling when I was younger when I had summers off. The thought of the years going by and not doing these things makes me feel empty.
Not much else to say but thanks for letting me vent! None of my friends are very interested in traveling (totally fine, I don’t mind going solo) so I appreciate this community.
Ma come fai a spiegare una cosa del genere!? 🥰
I wanted to share my experience traveling to Ukraine.
I choose the country because it was open to international travelers and it was somewhere that I wouldn’t normally consider. There is an obvious language barrier. At least in most other places in Europe they use a Latin alphabet which makes things easy. I found that most young people spoke passible English. There is always Google Translate.
Ukraine had resisted COVID related restrictions and just recently started to require that businesses close down at 10pm. Some establishments are closed not because of COVID specifically but because of the economic impact of the virus on consumer spending.
For obvious reasons the summer is the best time to visit the country. The sunny weather allows for activities on the beach of the river Dnieper/Dnipro. I arrived for only a couple weeks of mild weather before things got chilly.
I got by well with a heavy thermal base layer and a sweater. Then I bought a packable puffer jacket on Amazon. The combo works well. The alternative would be to invest in a fancy CanadaGoose style jacket. Being from a warm climate I did not think that be a wise investment since I wouldn’t get much use out of the heavy coat.
Kyiv and Lviv are amazing cities. Kyiv is the capital and the nexus of the country’s airline network. Lviv is a quaint city with a very European atmosphere. A lot of locals think of Lviv as boring since it is such a small area but I found it to be very walkable. You can get to most places in the city center within a 15 walk.
Uber in Ukraine is cheap. My most expensive fare was $13 for 50 minute trip from the airport in Kyiv. Before the advent of Uber I had previously spent $100 to get to the airport in some N. American cities.
There are plenty of excellent restaurant options in both Kyiv and Lviv. Tinder dates are the best way to experience the dining scene. Because of logistical complications seafood in Ukraine tends to be subpar. I think when you freeze a good tuna steak it tends to loose a lot of flavor. Also there is a peculiar Ukrainian style of putting cream cheese on sushi. They often call it a Philadelphia roll. I prefer my sushi with just sashimi and rice, but that is the local take on sushi.
I prefer to engage with the locals rather than expats you find in the popular tourist places. I told my dinner date how she spoke English very well. She smiled and reminded me that “English is an international language and you do not own it.” I thought that was a very succinct way of putting it. The people I meet in Ukraine where pleasant and made for interesting conversation.
The thing I disliked about Ukraine is that you are unable to drink water from the tap. Have you ever been stupid hungover from a night of heavy vodka drinking only to find yourself without any water. It is a real hassle to have to lace up your boots and layer up with many articles of clothing only to stumble to the store and buy a few liters of water.
I am glad that I travelled to Ukraine. I would not normally consider it as a tourist destination. I have heard good things about Georgia from many of the locals. I am now considering flights to Tiblisi when their borders open.