Prostitution in Panama: Trafficked in a Legal Market

Prostitution is legal in Panama. Did you know that? I didn’t, at least not until shortly before our trip. When I think of legal prostitution, Amsterdam comes to mind, then some weird brothel in Nevada. I wasn’t sure what I would see in Panama City, but I kept an open mind. So what does the … Read moreProstitution in Panama: Trafficked in a Legal Market

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

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

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

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