Beautiful, Surprising Ukraine

Ukraine Ski Jump

After the demise of the Pirate ship, our Danube adventure was abandoned and I decided to hitchhike instead. From Budapest, I headed first to Poland and then into Ukraine.  The only bad thing that happened (apart from being shouted at by elderly Ukrainians), was my mountain cabin catching on fire.

I love Ukraine. In what other country can you go for a walk in a forest and stumble upon an abandoned ski jump and then try to hitchhike a tractor just a day later?

Using pictures to explain all, this is what I found.

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The border guards were surprisingly familiar
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Vorokhta, a small mountain village
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Sitting on an abandoned railway bridge
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Ukraine and I
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A church
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“Did you know that there is a blue eyed angel cat inside your jacket?”
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The village
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A new friend
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A new friend who does leave us alone
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A new friend who guides us to a ski slope in the middle of the forest
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Pre-ski jump
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Rarely in the world can one simply find an abandoned ski jump
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I’ll stand here, but I absolutely would never go down it on skis
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Badger, badger, badger, mushroom, mushroom!
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Forest hikes
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Yum yum?!
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Cat friend
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Time to leave Ukraine
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Ukraine is one of the few countries where it is legitimate to try and hitch a tractor

7 Comments

  • I am Ukrainian and love my country for the freedom it gives and amazing landscapes it has everywhere.
    So glad that you visited and liked this country. It is really special.

  • I love this I will hopefully be going to the Ukraine soon. I have a couple of friend’s in Kiev i’d love to go see. 🙂 I started my blog because of this site… I love reading your stuff. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • “In what other country can you go for a walk in a forest and stumble upon an abandoned ski jump and then try to hitchhike a tractor just a day later?” <— I would say in my country, Norway 😀 You guys should come and visit!

  • Well done pictures, and you’re right… where else can you find an abandoned, rusty ski jump and climb up it? Haha.

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