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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Ukraine Travel

A Place in the Sun

Problems finding a place to kick off your shoes and let your hair down for the summer? Well, look no further because Whats On has got the definitive guide to vacation destinations for this season of sun, sand and warm summer breezes. All you need is your passport. And maybe your swimming trunks
There is no question: Ukraine is full of some magnificent places just waiting to be discovered.

However, for many of us there comes a time when you just have to get out and explore the rest of the world. With so much to see, it can be hard to narrow down your search to just a few locales. So let us help. 

Get Greased in Greece
As the cradle of many ancient civilisations, Greece will always be a popular tourist destination. Not just a stepping stone in terms of islands (there are 1,400 of them after all), Greece unites the modern beach holiday with a tour through history. Surrounded by three seas the Aegean to the east, the Ionian to the west and the Mediterranean to the south there are ruins, artefacts and breathtaking scenery to be discovered at every possible corner. The only thing that may make you cringe ever so slightly is the price tag.

The Hills are Alive in Cyprus
Cyprus is a very interesting place. Its history predates that of either Turkey or India, and contains a great number of sites that reside on UNESCOs list, such as a Neolithic village and tombs of kings. For that reason, its main source of income is most assuredly tourism and the authorities have been working to ensure that certain standards are being met. There is one thing, however, that does not need excessive improvement and that is their beaches. Awarded the EU Blue Flag of approval for ecological cleanliness and practical infrastructure, there are many a spot that line the coast where all you have to worry about is keeping up with the sun. Come the evening, throw on your best party duds and head out to the clubs as the island, like Ibiza, is renowned for its modern electronic music.

Islands in the Stream Indonesia
With a massive choice about where to spend your holiday among the 17,508 islands, the most popular among them all has to be Jawa, Lombok and especially Bali. With a population of almost four million, this last island has long been a haven for tourists and hosted a large influx of flower children back in the 60s for its inexpensive rates and appealing natural diversity. In 1969, the government decided to capitalise on the tourist market, and investing a fortune, not only has the ecology improved but so too have the services.  

Sip on Tea in Sri Lanka
If youve got the time, money and/or inclination, grab a boat from the coast of Phuket and sail on over to one of the fastest growing tourist destinations on the Asian continent. Once known as Ceylon, their delicious tea is known internationally. However, Sri Lanka is also famous for its production and export of rubber, cinnamon and coconut both of which find their way into many a national dish (the cinnamon and coconut that is, not the rubber). This year, it seems the most popular resorts in this little corner of paradise include Beruwela for its 130-kilometre beach, Ahungalla for its luxurious hotels, Koggala for its outstanding diving facilities, and Trincomalee which is located not far from one of the deepest bays in the world. Flawless during the dry season, it is their rainy season at the moment which leaves little to do but spend your time indoors (although, thats not always a bad thing either). 

Incredible India
India, like Turkey, has become a big hub for Ukrainian travellers. And why not? It may be populous (over 1.2 billion), but it is one of the fastest-growing economies, boasts a history that goes back to 8000BC, embraces its inimitable culture, and possess attractive land where your vacation experience will be hard to beat. All located along the Indian Ocean just bursting with ethos, the most popular Indian resorts at the moment are found in Puri, Bagdogra and Keralam. But lets not forget about Calcutta, Mumbai or New Delhi: these big cities are every bit as responsible as the resorts for your exceptional escape, where youll find UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful gardens and incredible architecture.  

Turkey: More Than Just Good Eats
Thanks to more than just its close proximity to our beloved Ukraine, Turkey remains one of the top hot spots for many Ukrainians and former USSR citizens alike. Often cheaper than its Black Sea neighbour, Crimea, the history they share is bound to interest more than just a few. Among some of the most popular places to break are Alanya, Ankara, Antalya, Kemer, Izmir and Istanbul. With the resort season in full swing, each and every town doubles in population with tourists, with Antalya specifically hosting over one million tourists every single year due to its prime location and climate. Fly into this seaside paradise and spend a few days on the beach, or take in the sites that this city, built in 159BC, more than adequately boasts. Then head up to Istanbul where the streets are packed with vendors selling beautifully-coloured goods and sweet-smelling spices. No better way to spend a couple of weeks!

Take off Your Tie in  Thailand
Another not only popular but marvellous place to spend a few weeks of your time is Thailand. The nature found in this Southeast Asian kingdom is absolutely extraordinary, and should be experienced by all at some point in life. Not to mention the fascinating traditions, the mouth-watering food, and, of course, the hospitality of the continental and island resorts for which the country is well known. The most common destination points are Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands, Cha-Am and Bangkok. For those with an adventurous spirit, however, strike out on your own where youll find a myriad of different cities, towns and villages worth your time. A veritable safe haven for those looking to rest and relax, Just Say No if the question ever comes up about transporting anything out of the country that isnt your own!

Hungary for More?
For those who might like a break from vacations that almost always include the salty seas and oceans, check out this Central European country for its remarkable nature locales. More than happy to include Heviz, Europes largest thermal lake, as one its attractions, the country hosts thousands of tourists each year for this reason alone. Which isnt hard to believe considering the water is always warm no matter what time of year! Another great thermal lake that has a real pull is the one found in Balaton. This body of water is surrounded by resorts of all classes with a few interesting cities Balatonfured, Balatonderek and Siofok not far off. Relax, improve your health and enjoy these wonderfully healing wonders of the world. 

Visit with the 576 Species of Fish in Croatia
The Adriatic Coast is definitely the place to head  if youre looking for a more reasonably-priced holiday away. Bursting with resorts, the most popular are those which cannot be found on the mainland, but among islands that dot the not-so distant coast line. One of the things Croatia is fairly well-known for is yachting. Whether you rent or charter, this fascinating marine sport is open to all! With a wide range of options for naturist facilities, another of their accolades has to be the number of beaches youll find that will certainly test your modesty! But then theres also the architecture, the wine, the food and the geography: all of it combining to create a worthwhile and memorable trip.

Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisia has been a very popular place for European travellers for years. 2011 could have been very different. However, as the dust from the civil unrest that shook the country at the beginning of the year has since settled, tourists are cautiously returning and the country is once again regaining the brilliance it once possessed. Take the family to Monastir where history combined with beautiful ocean vistas will keep the kids and adults alike happy. Or, if youre more into the nightlife, Sousse is just the place. Either way, youll enjoy a friendly country with much to share without breaking the bank.

Vadym Mishkoriz

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    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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