Russian Braids Put Pinterest Braids to Shame

We’re going to take a break from our more serious and culture-focused content to tackle some pressing, superficial concerns in the realm of Overland Undersea. Beauty blogging is an absolutely saturated market, and I won’t even pretend to make an attempt here, but Overland Undersea is about travel, and as it so happens, the oft spontaneous … Read moreRussian Braids Put Pinterest Braids to Shame

How to Store Your Bags at the Kiev Train Station

Traveling in Eastern Europe is efficient and cost-effective when you go by train. Unlike in America, where an Amtrak ticket will leave you behind on time and budget, rail travel throughout most of the rest of the world is highly accessible and widely used. If you’ll be traveling in or through Ukraine, chances are you’ll … Read moreHow to Store Your Bags at the Kiev Train Station

Sweat, Steam and Ritual at a Russian Banya

Ukrainian culture isn’t all about vodka! …Ok, it’s a big part of it, but when you’re not gathered around a table full of food in a celebratory toast, what is there to do? To answer this question, we took one afternoon to experience a very old part of traditional Russian culture- the banya, or sauna. … Read moreSweat, Steam and Ritual at a Russian Banya

Is it Safe to Go? Ukraine Crisis and Conflict Worldwide

In the fall of 2014, less than a year after the violent protests in Kiev, Ukraine, we went back- to Kiev and to Nikita’s hometown in the central part of the country. [blockquote type=”center”]Were we going to a warzone? [/blockquote] Nikita and his mom, a native Ukrainian who has been back multiple times since she … Read moreIs it Safe to Go? Ukraine Crisis and Conflict Worldwide

Like it Never Happened: Kiev post-Maidan Protests

Fresh off the plane in Kiev, we had over 4 hours to kill and one destination in mind: the site of the 2014 Maidan Protests, Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Independence Square. We caught a cab after dropping our luggage off at the train station. The whole thing was in Russian, and I’d been told not to speak … Read moreLike it Never Happened: Kiev post-Maidan Protests

Placindi Recipe – a Ukrainian Take on a Moldovan Pastry

On my last day in Ukraine I got to help out making a family recipe. A big deal considering I wasn’t allowed to lift a finger the entire week, or else I’d get nagged and told to sit down. And was shortly fed thereafter. Good times. Feeling old cravings from being at home after so … Read morePlacindi Recipe – a Ukrainian Take on a Moldovan Pastry

Dacha: The Ukrainian Summer House

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“Home gardening” sounds like an insult to describe the emphasis Russians and Ukrainians place on growing their own food. An American home with a yard filled to the brim with cabbages, raspberry bushes, tomato plants, and numerous fruit trees is highly unusual. But in most of Russia and Ukraine, it’s commonplace for anyone with a … Read moreDacha: The Ukrainian Summer House

Ukrainian Vodka – No Such Thing as a Little Bit

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When it comes to drinking vodka in Ukraine, there’s no such thing as “a little bit.” Let me explain. Even though you’re traveling, don’t assume that everyone is familiar with travelers, or foreigners. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It just means many things can get lost in translation, and not everyone will … Read moreUkrainian Vodka – No Such Thing as a Little Bit

8 Ways to Prepare for Your Trip to Ukraine

So you’re thinking of taking a trip to Ukraine? Hopefully you’re aware that Ukraine is a developing nation in Eastern Europe, so we won’t have to go into what all that entails. Ukraine is actually a fascinating and quite lovely travel destination, and if you’re well-prepared you’re in for a fun and life-changing experience. Here … Read more8 Ways to Prepare for Your Trip to Ukraine

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