Russia or Ukraine are fantastic counties! Moscow, St Peterspurg, Kiev aswell as many others are fantastic European Cities.
Distance can be vast, with pretty good internal flights and trains, things ane not so bad.
Some of the women are naturally beautiful. The most beautiful you will ever see.
Women dress smartly, wear make up, are thin, have long hair and wear high heels.
They have certain features with a rounded forehead and wide eyes that make some particularly beautiful.
There is still some fighting in Lugansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine, but a lot less than before. These are in the far East of Ukraine 500 miles from Kiev and 100’s of miles away from other big cities in Ukraine and Russia.
The only time you might be reminded about the war is travelling soldiers or some girls you meet who have travelled away from their homes in the East.
I’ve seen almost no crime in Russia, Ukraine or other ex-soviet counties. I’ve been many times.
Generally prices are about a half the European / American prices.
Some things like restaurants, transport, alcohol and cigarettes are a lot lower than half in price.
It’s possible to live well on an average European / North American wage.
Some roads outside the cities are in poor condition.
There are nice families, you can see they care about each other and their children.
People are friendly and welcoming, some never met a foreigner before and intrigued.
I’ve found that although Cities in Russia or Ukraine can be big. They do not seem to be as hectic. Metro systems are good, but sill big traffic jams.
There are a lot of parks, greenery in cities, and tree lines promenades.
There are resorts on the he black sea and, and many cities on the major rivers have beaches including Kiev
Teenager aren’t such a big problem from what I have noticed I have seen little antisocial behaviour.
BABUSHKA’S Grandmothers, are fantastic. They have a good spirit, they shout on on public transport, they are strong mentally and physically push in, in queues they have an art for this. At open air dances for old people they almost fight with each other over the men. I’m a bit obsessed with babushka’s (but not in a romantic way, well maybe) Although do go down hill fast in their 50’s.
Life in Russia or Ukraine is hard 12 hours a day 5 days a week, and half day Saturday for a lot of people.
A normal wage would be something like $300 a month. Doctors can earn $100 a month.
Many young adults live with their families as they can’t afford their own apartment.
Apartments can be rented daily and are normally cheaper than hotel rooms.
The centre of cities are definitely safe, there is a good police presence.
The people are poorer, but not starving and can now travel to EU without a visa. They have the latest technology, there any many cars.
Think of America or Europe 20 or 30 years ago.
McDonalds are everywhere, new Luxury cars for sale, many people have their own small business. Capitalism has definitely taken hold, but people still miss aspects of life from Soviet times.
Trains are good incl. express trains, but not fast compared to European standards. Sleeper trains are fantastic for long distance. It’s possible to get a good nights sleep
For the vast majority of people’s their first language in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakstan +++ is Russian
The health care system is not of American / European standard. Never have an operation in Ukraine unless it is small or urgent.
There are western hospitals in Major cities, maybe other cities.
There is less corruption now. In most cities the old police have been replaced with the young men and women. Some government offices like the customs and border agency are not corrupt now.
Corruption does still happen in cities with old police and especially with the security guards in big Hotels with the full knowledge on the Hotel. (I don’t understand how this can happen)
Citizens of the EU can use any EU member’s consulate in most major cities. There is a chance this has changed
Embassies and Consulates of Ex- Soviet Countries with contact details: