Ukraine – Religion

Kiev, Ukraine

Eastern Orthodoxy is the main religion in Ukraine.
Apparently, the number of “unbelievers” is getting higher in Ukraine (like in many other countries), but you can still see many people in churches.

While visiting Ukraine, pay attention to the characteristic style of churches. (An example is visible in today’s picture, later, I’ll show you more.)

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Ukraine – Language

Kiev, Ukraine

Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine.
I think Ukrainian language may be taken as Russian language. Well, there are some similarities (e.g., both languages use Cyrillic alphabet) but they not identical! The other thing that may led to this confusion – Russian language is widely spoken in Ukraine and many Ukrainians can speak Russian.

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Ukraine – Population

Lviv, Ukraine

The population of Ukraine is quite high. The majority of people are Ukrainians, but there are relatively large minorities of Russians, Romanians, Moldavians, Belarusians, Crimean Tatars, Bulgarians and Hungarians (and other small ones) – so mostly people from the neighborhood countries.

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Ukraine – Introduction

Ukraine

Welcome in June! 🙂

This month, I’d like to invite you to visit Ukraine with me.

I was in Ukraine in 2009. Since that time, many things have changed in this country. I’ll give you then basic information about Ukraine and show places I’ve visited. Some of these places are a subject of political dispute and cannot be visited as a part of Ukraine any more. However, I’m going to present them this month, because during my trip, they were considered as a Ukrainian soil.

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India – Final impression

India

Today, the series about India ends.
How did you like my travel impressions in May?

I spent only 2 weeks in India, but it was a very intensive period. Usually, I was traveling by train at night and then visiting different places during the day. I could complain a lot about many aspects of India, I could also say a few nice words. India is an interesting and diverse country, worth visiting. If you go to India, my sugegstion is to not stay in one region – visit different places. 🙂

And one more thing, a few days ago I saw this on Bored Panda, it’s called “Indian Family Comics”. Many of the comics, you’ll easily understand even after spending a few days in India. 😉

Pee-dee-ay


(Just a short comment to this particular comics – a man and woman cannot hold their hands in public; two men can; men can pee in many places on the street – just like that – open space…)

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India – Himalayas

India

Part of Himalayas lays also in India, it’s called the Indian Himalayan Region.
These high mountains are important for Hinduism, because the holy river Ganges flows from Himalayas.

It looks like, there is everything in India, from ocean to high mountains. 😉
I can only hope, that one day locals stop polluting their country…

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India – Shimla

Shimla, India

Simla or Shimla is a town located in the northern India, about 380 km from Delhi.
Shimla is situated in a mountain area what gives some possibilities for nice hikes. After visiting other Indian cities, I had the impression that I’m not in India any more. It’s just quite different from e.g., Delhi.

What are the attractions of Shimla?
Well, my answer may sound a bit strange – but the biggest tourist attraction is the railway from Kalka to Shimla. It’s so-called the Kalka–Shimla Railway. This line was built by the British; opened in 1903. Currently, it’s even a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The distance between Kalka and Shimla is only 96 km, but it takes about 5 hours to travel it by train! This mountain route goes through around 800 bridges and 100 tunnels, and it’s very scenic!

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India – Blue City

Jodhpur, India

Before visiting India, the names Jaipur and Jodhpur sounded to me quite alike. Moreover, these two cities are located in the same state (Rajasthan) and both have “colorful” nick names.

Jaipur is called Pink City and Jodhpur – Blue City.

Actually, Jodhpur has 2 nick names:
– Sun City – because sun shines there almost everyday
– Blue City – because many houses in the old town have blue color (today’s photo).

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