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What city in Ukraine would you like to visit, and why?

Ukrainian city would you most like to visit?  

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  1. 1. What city in Ukraine would you like to visit, and why?

    • Kiev
      0
    • Odessa
      4
    • Lvov
      3
    • Kharkov
      1
    • Mariupol
      1
    • Donetsk
      1
    • Dnepropetrovsk
      0
    • Poltava
      0
    • Kherson
      1
    • Nikolaev
      0
    • Other (explain)
      2


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Odessa - one of my favourite cities in Ukraine and I would love to introduce it to my fiance :)

Kiev - spent a good chunk of my life there and miss almost everything about it. Thank goodness I'm taking a trip there in 2 weeks

Lviv - all those European buildings, coffee shops, history...

Novyy Svet (New World) near Sudak in Crimea - it used to be a closed area during Sovie times and thus nature preserved pretty well. Too bad they started letting tourists in. Absolutely gorgeous place!!!!

The first three are included in my tour of Ukraine when my fiance gets here next month!!!

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07-22-2006 Met in Florida

09-02-2006 Been together ever since

12-09-2007 My visa expired, trip back home

01-16-2008 Dave visited me in Ukraine

04-22-2008 I-129F mailed out to Vermont

05-20-2008 I-129F returned

05-22-2008 Second attempt at filing I-129F

05-23-2008 Received by Mr. Novak

05-29-2008 NOA1 (6 days)

06-09-2008 Touched (Yay, violated for the 1st time)

07-02-2008 Touched again!!!

07-03-2008 Touched again!!!

08-29-2008 Dave's 2nd trip to Ukraine!

09-25-2008 NOA2 (126 days)

09-26-2008 Touched

09-??-2008 NVC Received

09-30-2008 NVC Left

10-02-2008 Noa2 hardcopy in the mail

10-03-2008 Embassy Received

11-05-2008 Medical

11-07-2008 Interview

11-14-2008 Visa Received

11-17-2008 Flight to Orlando :)

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Odessa - one of my favourite cities in Ukraine and I would love to introduce it to my fiance :)

Kiev - spent a good chunk of my life there and miss almost everything about it. Thank goodness I'm taking a trip there in 2 weeks

Lviv - all those European buildings, coffee shops, history...

Novyy Svet (New World) near Sudak in Crimea - it used to be a closed area during Sovie times and thus nature preserved pretty well. Too bad they started letting tourists in. Absolutely gorgeous place!!!!

The first three are included in my tour of Ukraine when my fiance gets here next month!!!

Never heard of that last one. Hmm.... I will have to add that to our list. Thanks


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Brad, if u plan a trip to Crimea, that place is def. worth a visit. They have a neat winery too with champagne factory you can visit with Vika! :)


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07-22-2006 Met in Florida

09-02-2006 Been together ever since

12-09-2007 My visa expired, trip back home

01-16-2008 Dave visited me in Ukraine

04-22-2008 I-129F mailed out to Vermont

05-20-2008 I-129F returned

05-22-2008 Second attempt at filing I-129F

05-23-2008 Received by Mr. Novak

05-29-2008 NOA1 (6 days)

06-09-2008 Touched (Yay, violated for the 1st time)

07-02-2008 Touched again!!!

07-03-2008 Touched again!!!

08-29-2008 Dave's 2nd trip to Ukraine!

09-25-2008 NOA2 (126 days)

09-26-2008 Touched

09-??-2008 NVC Received

09-30-2008 NVC Left

10-02-2008 Noa2 hardcopy in the mail

10-03-2008 Embassy Received

11-05-2008 Medical

11-07-2008 Interview

11-14-2008 Visa Received

11-17-2008 Flight to Orlando :)

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I haven't been to Odessa or many areas on the west side of Ukraine and my wife tells me the mountain resorts are spectacular. My brother in law just moved to a small town just west of Odessa after living in Ekaterinaburg, Russia for about 14 years. Moved his whole family including his inlaws. His mother in law is in poor health and is happy to be where the air is clear.

I've been to Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Melitopol, Yalta, Simferopol by plane, bus and train but look forward to visiting the outer edges of Ukraine some time.

We were in Kyiv last summer for 3 weeks. I am sorry to say that Kyiv has gotten very crowded and traveling about is not very enjoyable. Also, costs are getting quite high and the government is trying to limit inflation this year to 16.9%. My wife said that as an example a kilo of beets use to sell for 2 hrivna and now they sell for 16 hrivna. That's a lot higher than the 16.9% the government is trying to set.

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...costs are getting quite high and the government is trying to limit inflation this year to 16.9%. My wife said that as an example a kilo of beets use to sell for 2 hrivna and now they sell for 16 hrivna. That's a lot higher than the 16.9% the government is trying to set.

Yeah, the actual inflation rate is 30%. Yikes!

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Brad, if u plan a trip to Crimea, that place is def. worth a visit. They have a neat winery too with champagne factory you can visit with Vika! :)

Vika says she has never been there, although she has been to Crimea before with family. She wanted to go to Crimea with me this year, but I was pulling for Turkey. As it turns out I will only have a week in October any way, and her family has laid claim to most of that time. We hope the interview will be in January or February, and were going on a trip then as plan B, but she surprised me with the idea that we spend a couple of weeks in Kiev instead and she will come straight home with me. A much better idea!

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I haven't been to Odessa or many areas on the west side of Ukraine and my wife tells me the mountain resorts are spectacular. My brother in law just moved to a small town just west of Odessa after living in Ekaterinaburg, Russia for about 14 years. Moved his whole family including his inlaws. His mother in law is in poor health and is happy to be where the air is clear.

I've been to Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Melitopol, Yalta, Simferopol by plane, bus and train but look forward to visiting the outer edges of Ukraine some time.

We were in Kyiv last summer for 3 weeks. I am sorry to say that Kyiv has gotten very crowded and traveling about is not very enjoyable. Also, costs are getting quite high and the government is trying to limit inflation this year to 16.9%. My wife said that as an example a kilo of beets use to sell for 2 hrivna and now they sell for 16 hrivna. That's a lot higher than the 16.9% the government is trying to set.

Try Lvov, near the Polish border. It is really pretty, and not overrun with Americans and Brits. It is the cultural center of Western Ukraine, and new brides even put flowers at monuments to poets, writers, and religious figures instead of war heroes, etc. A totally different feel than Kherson, or Disney/Odessa. I like those cities too though.

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Brad, if u plan a trip to Crimea, that place is def. worth a visit. They have a neat winery too with champagne factory you can visit with Vika! :)

Vika says she has never been there, although she has been to Crimea before with family. She wanted to go to Crimea with me this year, but I was pulling for Turkey. As it turns out I will only have a week in October any way, and her family has laid claim to most of that time. We hope the interview will be in January or February, and were going on a trip then as plan B, but she surprised me with the idea that we spend a couple of weeks in Kiev instead and she will come straight home with me. A much better idea!

I love Kiev. There is so much to do there!!! OH, just a tip, be sure to visit PinchukArtCenter (if u haven't yet) it's located near Arena Center and is a modern art gallery. Amazing stuff!!! Vika is so lucky to have you hold her hand at POE :)


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07-22-2006 Met in Florida

09-02-2006 Been together ever since

12-09-2007 My visa expired, trip back home

01-16-2008 Dave visited me in Ukraine

04-22-2008 I-129F mailed out to Vermont

05-20-2008 I-129F returned

05-22-2008 Second attempt at filing I-129F

05-23-2008 Received by Mr. Novak

05-29-2008 NOA1 (6 days)

06-09-2008 Touched (Yay, violated for the 1st time)

07-02-2008 Touched again!!!

07-03-2008 Touched again!!!

08-29-2008 Dave's 2nd trip to Ukraine!

09-25-2008 NOA2 (126 days)

09-26-2008 Touched

09-??-2008 NVC Received

09-30-2008 NVC Left

10-02-2008 Noa2 hardcopy in the mail

10-03-2008 Embassy Received

11-05-2008 Medical

11-07-2008 Interview

11-14-2008 Visa Received

11-17-2008 Flight to Orlando :)

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Brad, if u plan a trip to Crimea, that place is def. worth a visit. They have a neat winery too with champagne factory you can visit with Vika! :)

Vika says she has never been there, although she has been to Crimea before with family. She wanted to go to Crimea with me this year, but I was pulling for Turkey. As it turns out I will only have a week in October any way, and her family has laid claim to most of that time. We hope the interview will be in January or February, and were going on a trip then as plan B, but she surprised me with the idea that we spend a couple of weeks in Kiev instead and she will come straight home with me. A much better idea!

I love Kiev. There is so much to do there!!! OH, just a tip, be sure to visit PinchukArtCenter (if u haven't yet) it's located near Arena Center and is a modern art gallery. Amazing stuff!!! Vika is so lucky to have you hold her hand at POE :)

Thanks, anything I can do to make her a little more comfortable. Well, almost anything. ;)


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Yevpotoriya!!!! Love that city!!!

When I was a kid, my mom always used to take me and my sister there during summer time. The best Black sea. I remember it so well and left with great memories. I miss that city. I would love to go there for a summer vacation.

I never been in Lvov, but I've been to Prague with my husband and since my husband originally is from Lvov he told me that Prague is a spit image of Lvov. Even though it was our first time in Prague last year, no matter where we went my husband was always been able to figure out how to come out of that place ( when we got lost) and when I asked him how did he know, he just said that everything about Prague reminds him of Lvov and he just knew his way out.

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I would love to visit Lvov/Lviv some time soon. Last year in Kyiv we had a family reunion so not much time for travel. I met my wife's father and brother for the first time. Both said I have to learn to speak Russian. I've been concentrating on improving Lena's English so much that I lost my motivation to learn Russian. But, with so many of our new friends here speaking Russian, it would probably help me a lot.

My wife says that western Ukraine is just so beautiful and rustic (my word) that I really need to visit that part of the country. My only exposure to Lviv was from an airplane window at the airport and it was raining. I didn't see much. I am beginning to think that the Carpathian mountains are a myth. Every time I've flown into Ukraine the mountains have been covered by clouds so I have yet to see even one mountain.

I'm told the mountains are real as my wife has photos to show me. Just looks like a stream with trees to me.

Maybe next year, if we can afford it.

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We'll be going to Lviv in September and since it is one of my fav. places, I just can't wait. It's just something special in the air in that place, if you know what I mean... :blink:

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07-22-2006 Met in Florida

09-02-2006 Been together ever since

12-09-2007 My visa expired, trip back home

01-16-2008 Dave visited me in Ukraine

04-22-2008 I-129F mailed out to Vermont

05-20-2008 I-129F returned

05-22-2008 Second attempt at filing I-129F

05-23-2008 Received by Mr. Novak

05-29-2008 NOA1 (6 days)

06-09-2008 Touched (Yay, violated for the 1st time)

07-02-2008 Touched again!!!

07-03-2008 Touched again!!!

08-29-2008 Dave's 2nd trip to Ukraine!

09-25-2008 NOA2 (126 days)

09-26-2008 Touched

09-??-2008 NVC Received

09-30-2008 NVC Left

10-02-2008 Noa2 hardcopy in the mail

10-03-2008 Embassy Received

11-05-2008 Medical

11-07-2008 Interview

11-14-2008 Visa Received

11-17-2008 Flight to Orlando :)

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