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. Continue reading “Move to the village, Ukraine”
NOTE! This article contains the food you will likely agree to taste. If you are looking for something you will probably never dare to try, it’s in the next article – Weird things Chinese people eat you should never taste.
“Do you know where H1N1 swine flu came from? It happened because someone in Canton ate the stuff people should not be eating”, my teacher once said. “There is a saying that Chinese people eat everything that has four legs except for chairs and tables”, he added. Having read this article you will be an expert on what weird stuff to eat in China. The next one is about what not to eat in China.
Edible weird things
Sesame balls – gooey and sticky, once you bite them apart, black sesame and sugar liquid flows out. For most of Chinese kids and adults it is one of the most blissful desserts, especially in Sichuan. Continue reading “7 weird things to eat in China”
Live your life before you kick the bucket
100 ideas in a fun lifelong to-do list
Are you stuck in everything that’s urgent forgetting about everything that’s important? You may continue living like this until you die. Do you want to? Some people did not, and they came up with bucket lists.
A bucket list is something you wish to do in your life – big dreams, grand ambitions, small goals and something you are simply curious about. It may be something like learning to ride a bicycle or climbing mount Everest, or giving birth to 5 children.
As long as your heart asks for it, write it in your bucket list.
Kicking the bucket means dying, so your bucket list is everything you plan to do before you die.
People used to write bucket lists for life. In today’s fast-paced life we started writing lists for decades or 5-year time slots.
Let’s do it? Continue reading “100 ideas for your bucket list”
How traveling makes us grow, and how we grow with sustainable travel – my story
When I am asked – where do you live at the moment? I have no answer to this question. I live everywhere and nowhere at the same time, and this broadens my opportunities, at the same time making the range of responsibilities broader. I am Ukrainian, but visa policies are the only barriers that stop me from being all over the world.
We, the people, have so much in common that we often unconsciously try to separate from one another, but my biggest realisation in life is that we are one. And so, I travel the world, whenever I can, to celebrate this unity and diversity.
How do I travel?
I do not simply travel, I penetrate the lives of locals, Continue reading “Traveling for life – #travelenjoyrespect”
Last summer I went to Moldova and wanted to visit the countryside, so my friend Anna invited me to the “only village foreigners ever go to”, where we visited a monastery and a local restaurant styled as a traditional house.
What’s up with foreigners visiting just one place in the countryside of Moldova? Continue reading “The only village in Moldova”
Ukraine is an amazingly beautiful country with breathtaking natural scenery, yummy food and warmhearted people. In the recent years, it has been tough for Ukrainians to face the war and economical crisys, but we are indeed still enjoying life, even when it gets tough.
Many of my foreign friends are afraid to come here, as international media is picturing the country devastated and at war. Please know that with every downside there comes an advantage – these days Ukraine has become very cheap for visitors and only a small part of the country in the east is at war. It is the best time to come!
Here in this article, I share the reasons why you should definitely come to Ukraine this summer. Continue reading “11 reasons to spend summer in Ukraine”