Author: awilson

TORFL Exam Experiences in Kyiv

Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) Exam Experiences in Kyiv www.sras.org/torfl While in Kiev this summer, I took advantage of the opportunity to take the TORFL exam as part of my Russian language courses there. This is a valuable experience I would recommend to anyone studying Russian abroad in the former Soviet Union. Below […]

Chernobyl Tour

Chernobyl Tour/Чернобыль Тур Chernobyl-tour.com Tours should be booked two weeks in advance One-day round-trip tour from Kyiv – $165 The town of Chernobyl, Ukraine is directly connected with arguably the most famous – or infamous – disaster in nuclear history: the explosion at Reactor #4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) on 26 April, […]

National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War in Kyiv

National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945/Национальный Музей Истории Великой Отечественной Воины 1941-1945 Годов www.warmuseum.kiev.ua Main exhibition 10:00 to 17:00 Tuesday through Sunday 5 UAH students / 15 UAH adults (guided tour included in SRAS fees for NovaMova)  As a student of Russian and East European history, one of the […]

Traveling Platzkart on Ukrainian Trains

Mention train travel in the former Soviet Union, and almost inevitably the discussion will at some point turn to the infamous “platzkart,” or third-class wagons. For those Westerners who have never traveled platzkart, the concept has taken on an almost horror-story-like quality over the past few decades, conjuring up images of cramped, uncomfortable quarters and […]

PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv

PinchukArtCentre 1/3-2, “А” Block, Velyka Vasylkivska / Baseyna Street ул. Большая Васильковская/Бассейная 1/3-2, блок А, Бессарабский квартал http://pinchukartcentre.org/ Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 to 21:00 Free admission PinchukArtCentre.org The PinchukArtCentre, located near the center of downtown Kyiv, resulted from a combination of art and oligarchy. Founded by Ukrainian businessman Viktor Pinchuk— who has an estimated net […]

Museum of the Strategic Rocket Forces in Pervomaysk

Museum of the Strategic Rocket Forces/ Музей Ракетных Войск Стратегического Назначения 10:00 to 17:00 daily 1025 hryvnias for full excursion through NovaMova (included in SRAS programs) www.rvsn.com.ua Sitting peacefully amidst the sunflower fields and apricot trees of the central Ukrainian countryside, the Museum of the Strategic Rocket Forces near the town of Pervomaysk (Первомайск) once […]

Ukraine in Miniature Park in Kyiv

Ukraine in Miniature/Украина в Миниатуры Park in Kyiv Brovarsky Avenue 9V, Hidropark/ Броварски 9В, Гидропарк 10:00 – 17:00 daily 10 hryvnias Kyiv boasts a rising skyline of new apartment complexes and an expanding metropolitan area of more than five million people, yet the city seems particularly interested with life in miniature. Not only is there […]

Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv

Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/ Центральный Музей Вооруженных Сил Украины in Kyiv 31 Grushevskogo Street/31 Грушевского Улица 10:00 – 18:00 daily (closed on Mondays) 10 hryvnias  The grandly named Центральный Музей Вооруженных Сил Украины, or Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, offers visitors an engaging and comprehensive trip through the […]

A Weekend at the Dacha

During my Russian studies at Indiana University over the past two years, the concept of a “dacha” or Soviet-era summer home always intrigued me. While my family has taken multiple vacations during which we stayed in cabins in Indiana or the Great Smoky Mountains, we—like most Americans—were happy to return to our permanent home. Yet […]

Varenichnaya Katusha Restaurant in Kyiv

Вареничная Катюша ул. Червоноармійська, 60 (Chervonoarmiis’ka Street, 60), Kиев 9:00 to 23:00 Meals from $10 www.katysha.com.ua “Вареничная Катюша” is a self-described “chain of restaurants in the Soviet style” in Kyiv, according to the official restaurant website. With an expansive network of locations throughout the Ukrainian capital, all of which feature their own unique decorations and […]

TEDxKyiv Conference: Ideas Worth Spreading

TEDxKyiv: (Ukrainian) Ideas Worth Spreading Annual Event http://tedxkyiv.com/ Over the last few years, the TED organization has become increasingly popular and influential through its various talks, conferences, and awards. Started in 1984 to promote “Ideas Worth Spreading,” TED—which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design—has become a global nonprofit whose two large, official annual conferences are […]

Cafe Prego in Kyiv

Café Prego улиться Большая Васильковская, 56 (Chervonoarmiis’ka Street, 56), Kyiv 10:00 to 23:00 Meals from $9 http://www.prego.in.ua/ru/ Eating “foreign” food in a foreign city may not offer the most authentic local dining option, but the Café Prego chain of restaurants in Kyiv offers delicious Italian and Japanese food as an alternative to Ukrainian cuisine. With […]

“Canteen” Cafe in Kyiv

Їдальня/Canteen Cafe Corner of Yaroslviv Val & Strelets’ka Streets Meals from $5  «Їдальня» is one of those ideal cafes often praised in study abroad guides and which can sometimes be very difficult to find: cheap, friendly, and filled with authentic local cuisine. Located on the corner of Yaroslviv Val and Strelets’ka streets, just down the […]

Parks and Recreation in Kyiv

Parks and Recreation, Ukrainian Style: Fitness and Fun in Kiev Parks have long held a charming and often central place—literally and figuratively—in American city life. In my own personal experiences growing up in rural Indiana as well as traveling to New York City, parks have played a subtly important role, whether hosting small town baseball […]

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