Chernobyl Tour from Kyiv

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, 1986. During a scheduled test that Saturday, an explosion and ensuing fire in the reactor core sent a large […]

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Travel to Lviv from Kyiv

Lviv, at the far western end of Ukraine, bears strong Polish heritage in its architecture and is strongly Ukrainian in its identity. It’s old European streets, combined with a plethera of modern and charasmatic cafes, bars, and clubs – not to mention very low prices – make a trip to Lviv an easy choice if […]

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 […]