This week, my friend Alexander Woolley joins me to discuss Ukraine, and in particular the historic Black Sea port of Odessa.
We cover various topics, including:
- Is it ‘Ukraine’ or ‘The Ukraine’ and the whole ‘correcting people on how they pronounce a country’ thing.
- On being squashed between other countries (see also: Poland)
- The wonderful city of Odessa
- The Potemkin stairs (or are they steps?)
- Going to the opera / theatre (including tips)
- Speaking the language – or not (and indeed which one?)
- Ukrainian food and restaurants
- Sleeper train travel in Ukraine
Listen / Watch
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Sergei Eistenstein’s Battleship Potemkin.
Michael Douglas just wants some breakfast (the bit with the food / photo comparison is near the end of the clip).
Note that in this podcast I talk about the area in front of Lviv train station being a mess. Since recording this, I’ve passed through Lviv once again, and they were in the process of completely redeveloping it.
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