|National Flag - Coat of Arms|
With the fall of the USSR, Ukraine became an independent nation in 1991. With it's significant abundance of natural resources including iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber and an abundance of arable land, it's no question of why it's seen many take-overs throughout it's history.
While Ukrainian is the official national language, Russian is also widely spoken and used primarily in lager cities. A general rule would be that Ukrainian is spoken in the West and Russian in the East.
Architecture, and more specifically church architecture, is probably the main iconic aspect of Ukraine and is heavily influenced by the dominant religion in the country, Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Domed gold buildings is something I'm going to have to get used to - but I think I'll survive.
Before I cue the montage of things I can't wait to see, I think it's cool and interesting to note a few final facts...
- Access to free education is a right to the Ukrainian people!
- Furthermore, higher education is also free of charge - though highly competitive to get accepted into
- Access to free healthcare is also an Ukrainian right
- Hryvnia (UAH ₴) is the common currency and is equivalent to 0.126 of a US dollar - things will be cheap!
|Mother Motherland, Kiev|
|People's Friendship Arch, Kiev|
|Swallow's Nest, Crimea|
|Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle, Kamianets-Podilskyi|
|Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, Chernobyl|
Please comment if you know of any other cool places I should visit.
I would love to know!
Special thanks to Wikipedia