Did you know that I am half Ukrainian? My mother’s family comes from Ukraine so I was happy to travel to her motherland and see this hidden country. This country is overshadowed by the massive neighbor (Russia) and is often forgotten by travelers traveling in Eastern Europe, which is a mistake. Though Ukraine may look, smell and often feel like Russia, it is has a ton to offer such as beautiful churches of Kiev, cobble stone streets lining European L’viv and laid-back mentality of Odessa. Those are the three cities we visited.
After having spent a total of almost two weeks in Saint Petersburg, we took an overnight train to Moscow. We splurged and got a “Lux” (first class) cabin – Lena and her family kept talking about how to be so careful on Russian trains, so we decided to get a private cabin.