Author Archives: Greg T.

Why Travel To Western Ukraine?


WHY VISIT?: Western Ukraine is where the heart of the Ukrainian people can be found. From the castles of Lutsk to the gorgeous, European-style architecture of Lvov, Western Ukraine is a growing tourist destination. HOW TO GET THERE: Fly to Kiev, take a cab to the train station, and from there buy a ticket on one of the minivans that leave on the hour or so to either Lvov (or “Lviv” in Ukrainian) or to Lutsk. WHERE TO STAY: Probably best to make Lvov your home base and plan to take a short day trip to Lutsk. As always, just ... Read More »

Discovering Ukraine by Anelore Anderton

I’ve now been to Ukraine three times in three years! My first visit to Ukraine was in 2011 with my husband and three other family members. Our decision to visit this exotic location was prompted by my Ukrainian heritage: my father had been born in the Poltava region of Ukraine in 1921. In a way, this first trip was a reconnaissance visit to see what the country was like and whether it had in fact thrown off the secretive shackles of its recent past. We discovered a vast and diverse country, rich in natural resources and beauty but with a ... Read More »

Randy Mauldin Trip to Simferopol and Sevastopol

As a child and into adulthood I had dreamed of visiting Russia and Ukraine. I remember vividly seeing pictures of the Black Sea and the most beautiful blue colored water found only in my dreams. I saw pictures of gold topped churches and high mountains with snow covering them and the thrill it brought with simple thoughts of seeing such beautiful sites. The excitement of walking in beautiful buildings as old as America made my heart skip beats and helped me to set my goal of seeing these wonders through my own eyes. This was the dream of my life ... Read More »

How to Find a Russian Bride STEP 3

Russian Girl

Let’s imagine you’re in, say, Voronezh, Russia for two weeks. In your first few days there you went on several low-key, meet-n-greet kind of dates with local women who truly are interested in finding a foreign man. There’s one in particular you hit it off with, and you ask her out to dinner….and then spend the whole next day with her after that. Things are going great. Too bad you have to leave in a few days. If there really is a relationship there, then having to leave is such a tough thing. Be sure to convince her that you’ll ... Read More »

How to Find a Russian Bride STEP 2


In Step 1 of this series, we decided that it’s a very good idea to learn some Russian if you’re serious about finding a Russian bride. Let’s imagine you’re now doing so. So…what next? How to actually find a Russian girlfriend? Check the free sites, first. Yes, there are free personal sites that Russians themselves use. And though the sites are in Russian, there’s usually a translation button somewhere on the page. The two biggest such sites are and Again, these are totally free sites. Granted, almost all of the women are expecting to communicate with Russian or ... Read More »

How to Find a Russian Bride STEP 1


The Russian bride industry is big business, now. The biggest players have become million-dollar enterprises. Around the world, countless thousands of men are all looking to the former Soviet Union – primarily Russia and Ukraine – in search of companionship. I wish I could tell you that finding such a bride is as simple as joining a site, looking at photos, sending some emails, and going to meet her. But it’s not. Not by a long shot. First, scams are rampant in the industry. You have individual women scamming men for money, but you also have entire agencies that are ... Read More »

What Language Do They Speak in Ukraine?


In Ukraine there are two spoken languages: Russian and Ukrainian. In general, in the big eastern cities like Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk, the people speak primarily Russian. (Because that side of Ukraine borders Russia.) On the west, in smaller cities like Lvov and Lutsk, the spoken language is Ukrainia. In Kiev, you’ll hear both, though in all my trips there over the past ten years, I’ve encountered almost exclusively Russian. (This is likely because Russian is the language of business and of cities. Ukrainian is the language of villagers. In general.) Finally, down in the Crimean peninsula, you’ll hear Russian exclusively. ... Read More »

What is BALAKLAVA, Ukraine?


Balaklava is a small port town to the south of Sevastopol where the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade took place. In fact, it’s played a major role in all sorts of military conflicts through the centuries. Speaking of things military: Can you spot the military base in this photo? See the tunnel entrance at the base of the hill? Here’s a close-up: And here’s a look inside: You’re looking at a secret, and formerly highly classified Soviet submarine base, which was in operation until 1993. Being built inside that hill, it was designed to survive a direct nuclear impact. ... Read More »

Secret Phrases Russian Women Want to Hear Free Audios

This phrase book and accompanying audio files will give you the Russian that you need when conversation turns to romance. Use with caution when you meet ladies online or in Russia. Read More »

Face Control: Let’s Face It – It Sucks!

Face Control Sign In Russia

Face Control is a rude sounding name for the equally rude ritual that takes place before entering exclusive night clubs in many Russian cities. During Face Control, the doormen judge your looks and decide whether to let you into the club or not. Hot women get an automatic pass... Read More »