There are a lot of things you can say about Vinnytsia: small and very cozy, it has narrow atmospheric streets and smiling people. The city is full of culture and people always use “European spirit” when describing it. But what is hidden behind strangers` smiles and beautiful fountains? It turns out Vinnytsia has lots of secrets!

1.      Mental hospital

We can't wait to tell you the story of another bright star of ESN Kyiv community – Olesia Deineka. Olesia studies Journalism at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and has been a member of ESN Kyiv since its very beginning. With such rich experience in volunteering, Olesia has definitely something to tell you!

Our brand new episode of Erasmus in Kyiv is about Sabrina Schauer, a student from Vienna, Austria who did her Erasmus at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in the spring semester, 2019. Before we learn about Sabrina's experience, it is good to know the storyteller, right? So let's meet Sabrina!

3 words you would describe yourself with: 
Energetic, engaged, lazy (yes, energetic and lazy go very well together).

Traditional Ukrainian cuisine can be described in two words: hearty and fattening. That being said, today’s trends and a common desire to follow a healthier way of life have inspired local chefs and restaurateurs to interpret authentic dishes in a modern way. Here are the best eateries in Kyiv for this delicious but unusual twist on the country’s signature dishes.

Ostannya Barykada

Zaporizhzhia is a significant historical city for Ukrainians. It is the exact place where the image of Kozak as a noble, freedom-loving, and brave person was formed. In Zaporizhzhia, you can still feel the spirit of battle and brotherhood on its streets.

Moreover, Zaporizhzhia is the perfect combination of history and mystery. Our task today is to open up at least 3 of its secrets.

1.      The stone that makes females` wish come true

Zamkova mountain (“Castle mountain”) is one of the most famous mystic places of Ukraine. It is located in the very center of Kyiv, but tourists usually don`t know about this spot. 80-meter high hill received its modern name in XVI century, when Lithuanian prince built a wooden castle on its top. The castle existed from the end of XIV till the end of XVII century. Nowadays, Zamkova mountain looks abandoned. There is no infrastructure – if someone goes up the hill, he/she will find only shady trees and dense greenery, hiding remains of an old cemetery and an empty tomb.

Have you ever thought about the people who make the community of ESN Kyiv flourish and prosper

ESN Kyiv has several departments. Today, we talk with a fabulous ESN member, who is a part of the Education Department. Diana Raychuk told us everything about her life in the community and even more!

 Ukraine’s popularity is currently growing on an international cinematography scene. We round up the list of Ukrainian movies that have already received many positive reviews and are available in English.

 “Once Erasmus, always Erasmus”, they say. Have you ever wondered what Erasmus is like in Kyiv? You are in the right place! Read personal stories of our current and former Erasmus students and make that decision of coming here final!
 

Kyiv waterfall is artificial, obviously, but it is still as miraculous as the natural one! This small Kyiv wonder is situated on the territory of power station CHP-5, in the natural boundary Pokol. Numerous lakes and historical location Korchuvate are nearby as well. You can have a picnic in the beautiful natural surroundings or peacefully walk along the Dnipro.

In Lviv, exciting stories and fairytales are in the air. This atmospheric city has so many legends that it seems that even not every local would be able to tell them all.

Witches on the Bald Mountain

We think that the words 'student' and 'free' go very well together. That's why we came up with a timetable for open days in museums!

October 14, 18

Museum of prominent figures of Ukrainian culture – Lesya Ukrainka, M. Lysenko, P. Saksagansky, M. Staritsky
Where: Saksaganskogo St., 97 / 95b / 95

October 9

I. Kavaleridze Museum Workshop
Where: St. Andrew's Descent, 21

October 24

A visit to Kyiv is not complete without riding the metro. As well as boasting the world’s deepest station (Arsenalana), the metro system also has some of the most beautifully decorated and ornate stations in the world.

Every city has its legends and mysteries, and it's so exciting to open up its secrets and look at the same place from a brand-new perspective. Grab your popcorn and let's explore legends of Chernihiv.

Chernihiv is only 2 hours away from Kyiv and is considered to be one of the mysterious cities.

Ukrainian cuisine tastes heavenly, and wonderfully, and perfectly, and... Our love for Ukrainian food is endless but it has one big con - almost every dish contains meat. The post is dedicated to those lovely people who are looking for something vegetarian in Kyiv.

1. Orang-utan 

This sandwich bar is so good that meat-eaters prefer it over all the other restaurants in the city, and it says a lot, huh? You can find your perfect sandwich on S. Petlura st., 16/108 or Sichovyh Striltsiv, 72.

2. One Planet

Kyiv is filled with lots of not only mysterious but also mystical places. One of such is House with gargoyles.

We are happy to welcome you in Kyiv and can't wait to tell you everything about our beautiful city. Before we get to secret places, it is great to explore Kyiv as an ordinary tourist!

1. Watch the fountains on Khreschatyk street