This is our house made of straw and clay. It was built over 50 years ago.
Traditionally mud houses were typical homes in Ukraine. If someone did not have a home, their family or sometimes everyone in the village would get together and build one quickly.
Clay houses are warm in winter and cool in summer.
We don’t have running water and the toilet is outside, but the toilet view is majestic, outlooking garden, mist and chickens.
Our rent is a symbolic amount of around 10 Euro, this is because our landlords want someone to live in the house to keep it alive.
We pay around 4 USD for the internet, it is so so fast, better than in the city. Ukraine has one of the cheapest internet services in the world, perfect value for money.
Our neighbours have cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, and we buy milk, eggs, cottage cheese and sour cream from them.
Life is beautiful here at any season, especially now, when there is sagebrush and golden autumn everywhere.
If you want to enjoy nature as much as you can, go caving, swim in cold river and run in the forest with dogs, drink fresh milk, be yourself and try something a bit extreme, move to the village, or at least come visit the village.
You will love it even if you hate it!
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If you want to learn more of what it feels like to live in a Ukrainian village, check out the video I made