Podcast #5: Odessa and Ukraine

This week, 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

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Show Notes:

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).

The out of office road sign in welsh.

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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  1. Johnny Parsons

    відмінна робота!
    Hugely entertaining and educational, as always. Brilliant 🙂

  2. hermes

    Suitable accompaniment to cooking breakfast. Thank you.

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