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Ukraine: Fountain of Tears Weeps Through the Ages

Grief is the price paid for love. Marking a loss can take years especially when the loss is not only the inevitability of death but an unrequited love. In the case of the Crimean Khan that ruled the region between 1758 and 1764, a Fountain of Tears marks the passage of his ancient journey through the common experience of grief in the Crimean city of Bakhchysaray.

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Taras Shevchenko: Poet, Painter, and Ukraine's Greatest Hero

Years after his death in 1861, Ukraine's celebrated writer, painter, and national hero, Taras Shevchenko, continues to stir the country's consciousness with his fiery passion for "this land of ours that is not ours". Born into a serf family and orphaned as a teenager, Shevchenko spent much of his early life as an indentured servant until a master discovered his artistic talent. Apprenticed to a painter in St. Petersburg, Shevchenko's paintings caught the eye of others and admirers raised 2,500 rubles to purchase the young man's freedom. As a painter, Shevchenko gained attention for his portraiture and landscape yet, it was his portrayal of historical events that spoke to Ukraine's subservience to Tsarist Russia that brought the most notoriety.

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Fun Facts: History of Beekeeping - Ukraine

Wine may be the "nectar of the Gods" for some, but in Ukraine, honey is the essential ambrosia for both its sweetening taste and medicinal properties. Propolis, a sticky substance that bees collect from tree buds and barks, is commonly sold in pharmacies for the treatment of sores and stomach ulcers and many swear by the curative properties of bee venom to alleviate rheumatism. Indeed, annual exports of over 15,000 tons of honey manufactured from 3 million beehives place Ukraine behind only China, Argentina, and the United States in honey production.

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Ukraine Dance: Fancy Footwork the Ukrainian Way

Energetic, fast-paced, boisterous, and exhausting, Ukrainian dance is as celebrated around the world as the pysanky Easter egg. Borrowed from pagan rites marking the passage of seasons, the roots of Ukrainian dance are deeply embedded in the landscape of the country. Spring dances called hahilky, hayilky, hayivky, yahilky, and rohulky and harvest festival celebrations remain a favorite theme of modern Ukrainian folk-stage choreographers.

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Springtime in Ukraine

High school graduation may be celebrated with pomp and circumstance and the tradition of tossing one's cap into the air after the formal ceremonies come to an end in many parts of the world, but in Ukraine, students honor the occasion with a trip to one of the flourishing parks at sunrise after a night of celebration. In Kiev, young people flock to the Lilac Garden in the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences Botanical Garden.

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Secrets of the Black Sea - Ukraine

Shipwrecks, fragments of wars fought centuries ago, and the unmarked and watery graves of many have always been the purview of the sea, yet, hundreds of meters below Ukraine's southern border, the Black Sea, produces well-preserved evidence for those doubting history. Oxygenated layers of the Black Sea ensure that anything below the surface is sealed like a wax museum. Indeed, as many as 50,000 separate shipwrecks may lie at the sea's bottom tracing human migratory paths from the earliest centuries to modern day.

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Ukrainian Superstitions - Ukraine.com

If you find yourself walking on a street in Kiev and a man in front of you turns to spit three times over his left shoulder, do not be alarmed - his deed is an effort to avoid jinxing himself when tempting the Fates. Ukrainians are proudly superstitious and have long integrated their history of paganism, folklore, and ritual into their worldview.

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Odessa, Ukraine - The Pearl of the Black Sea

There are quite a few hotels to choose from if you're planning a visit to the port city of Odessa, but the aptly named Hotel Odessa is - in my humble opinion - the finest hotel in town. Built in 2001, this 5-star hotel is the centerpiece of Odessa's Port. With each of the hotel's 178 rooms facing the Black Sea, every visitor is guaranteed a room with a view.

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