Beautiful, Surprising Ukraine

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

By | 2014-01-06T17:12:00+00:00 January 6th, 2014|Photo, Stories|7 Comments


  1. Tetiana 31/05/2014 at 08:24 - Reply

    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.

    • Jamie 01/06/2014 at 15:16 - Reply

      It does. I will definitely be back one day and can’t wait to see more.

  2. Cory 19/01/2014 at 19:09 - Reply

    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.

    • Jamie 26/01/2014 at 02:50 - Reply

      Glad to hear it. I hope you like Ukraine as much as I did.

  3. Silje 07/01/2014 at 11:35 - Reply

    “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!

    • Jamie 07/01/2014 at 23:42 - Reply

      Sounds perfect. Norway, I will be seeing you soon!

  4. Sally 06/01/2014 at 17:19 - Reply

    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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