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Countries I Have Visited: Ukraine

Updated on February 13, 2020
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Seçkin Esen is working as an English language teacher in Turkey. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in ELT from Hacettepe University in 2010.

My First Trip to Ukraine

Visiting another country is always exciting, but it is really hard to tell your feelings of your first time in that country. It's more than excitement. I actually felt nervous on my first flight to Lviv in April, 2012. Because it would be my first trip to Ukraine. I was flying to a country whose culture or people I didn't know. Their language was also a problem for me. I even didn't have any idea about their alphabet. However, when my plane landed at the Lviv international airport, nice spring weather made me relaxed.

Lviv Opera House
Lviv Opera House

LVIV

The first city I visited in Ukraine was Lviv. Lviv is a wonderful city with its old and beautiful buildings like Lviv Opera House, Lubomirsky Palace, and Ossolineum. The streets smelled history when I walked between those magnificent buildings. It was just two months before the Eurocup, so you could see the preparations everywhere in the city center which made the city more alive.

TERNOPIL

A few days after my arrival in Lviv, I went to Ternopil, which was a smaller city close to Lviv. Ternopil is not as historical as Lviv, but it has its own beauties. There was a big lake in the middle of the city. I loved sitting at Lovers' Island which was a peaceful meeting point for Ukrainian lovers. It must be in every traveller's schedule when they are visiting Ternopil.

KREMENETS

As I liked this beautiful country, I decided to go there again in November, 2012. This time; after visiting Lviv and Ternopil, I decided to see Kremenets, a very important historical town. I loved this town because it was like I was living in history. You can see that the town lies between two mountains perfectly when you go up the castle on the top of the mountain.

There are lots of other things about Ukraine to mention which include Varenyky, one of the most delicious meals I have eaten. I will never forget its taste.

I am also thankful to the Ukrainian friends who were very helpful and hospitable to me. I wouldn't have enjoyed my trip much without their help.

Kremenets
Kremenets

© 2012 Seckin Esen

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    • Seckin Esen profile imageAUTHOR

      Seckin Esen 

      6 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you for your comment Suhail.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      7 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Well Ukraine doesn't appear in my list, but I have a friend from Ukraine who encourages me to visit his country when the time is right, so who knows.

      Btw, thanks for sharing this hub built around your personal experience.

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      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      I hope so, Anne. They deserve peace and prosperity. Thank you for your nice comment.

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      Anne Harrison 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Visiting the Ukraine is on my to-do list. I hope peace is restored there soon and the lives of the people return to normal - you make it sound so wonderful

    • Seckin Esen profile imageAUTHOR

      Seckin Esen 

      7 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      I sympathize with the Ukrainians. I hope they will get what they want and their lives will be better soon. Thank you for your comment RTalloni.

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago

      It is a good thing you were able to visit the wonderful people and places in Ukraine when you did. What is happening there now is heartbreaking and the people's lives may soon change drastically because of the political environment. I had hoped to go one day, but not so sure that will be possible in my lifetime now.

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      Seckin Esen 

      8 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you for your nice comment Margarita Eden. I hope you can visit those cities one day.

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      MargaritaEden 

      8 years ago from Oregon

      You make these cities sound so beautiful and interesting, my mother was born in Ukraine, one day I might visit it too.

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      Seckin Esen 

      8 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Thank you so much for your nice comment Anil and Honey. I really want to visit India, too. I will definitely write a hub about your country if I visit . :)

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      Anil 

      8 years ago from Kerala

      Hai nice hub you are always welcome to my country (India).

    • Seckin Esen profile imageAUTHOR

      Seckin Esen 

      8 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      I am flattered by your great comment. Thank you so much :)

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      Nilgun 

      8 years ago

      Dear Seckin,

      What a wonderful piece. You sure have expressed your feelings in a most sincere fashion:) I am very proud of you!

      Keep up the good work:)

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