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Holiday in Ukraine

Some Common Gripes & Complaints about Ukraine

There are many wonderful things about Ukraine and people but here are some of the more unpleasant features of Ukraine that many visitors often complain about.

What you must understand and remember is that Ukraine is as yet 'undiscovered' as a tourist destination and as such 'out side' of the 'main Cities' , Ukraine is still developing. The truth is if you want 5 star service at a budget price, go elsewhere but if you accept what is 'listed below' as part of 'savouring the flavour' of the real Ukraine, you will enjoy.

Remember as already stated I have lived here since 2002  and at times it does send me crazy but I can honestly say I like Ukraine

 Ukrainian ToiletsThis his is biggest complaint about Ukraine. Ukraine's toilet culture is bad, outside the big city centres and as you travel into the country you will notice the lack of 1) toilet seats, 2) toilet paper, 3) soap, 4) hot water, 5) facilities for drying your hands and sometimes 6) toilet doors A typical public toilet (if you can find one) has urinals, and/or holes in the ground, and a sink with cold water. Many find it annoying that you have to pay to use public toilets, and the old lady at the entrances is biggest complaint about Ukraine. Ukraine's toilet culture is bad, outside the big city centers and as you travel into the country you will notice the lack of 1) toilet seats, 2) toilet paper, 3) soap, 4) hot water, 5) facilities for drying your hands and sometimes 6) toilet doors A typical public toilet (if you can find one) has urinals, and/or holes in the ground, and a sink with cold water.

Many find it annoying that you have to pay to use public toilets, and the old lady at the entrance gives you only a square of toilet paper if you ask for it.If one sheet of toilet paper is to not be enough, tough, that's your problem. 

You can go to spectacularly beautiful theaters, opera houses and religious sites and find “squat” toilets with the doors hanging off their hinges with no toilet paper.

 Ukrainians find it unhygienic to put one's backside where others have been, often use regular sitting toilets as squat toilets, putting their feet up on the toilet bowl. But they are perfectly happy after 'using' toilet paper to dispose of this in a small 'open' bin situated next to the toilet or hole in the ground, which is emptied approximately once a day!!!! Showers in many the older-style hotels and apartments are without shower curtains, so it will be inevitable that you get a lot of water on the floor. In addition, there are no soap and shampoo holders, so you have to bend down to pick them up off the floor. The availability of hot and cold water is also an problem in many cities, though many have now installed a hot water boiler within their apartments.

Displays of temper in public  Many who don't understand Ukrainian and/or Russian note that people here seem to shout at each other a lot, but actuality they are just having a normal conversation. This is most predominant among the less educated. You will also notice that Ukrainians seem quick to get angry in public,just walk around a local market or take a few trips on public transport to get a taste of the Ukrainians' gift for having a go at each other each other out in public. Many of the bus drivers will shout at offending car drivers,it is a common occurrence This can create a dispiriting impression on foreigners until they get used to things and understand that no one intends to hurt each other and that people are simply letting off steam. It is worth pointing out that Ukrainians in public places are inclined to put on gloomy and withdrawn facial expressions. Walk down any street and you will have come to the conclusion that "everyone seems depressed."

Unwillingness to give change Within Ukraine there seems to be a shortage of change! It will not take you long to 'come upon' this, just buy something! If you purchase something for 12 hryvnia 40 kopecks the cashier will ask you if you have 2 hryvnia 40 kopecks or the very least the 40 kopecks.Also it is very common for you to receive a few sweets or a box of matches as part of your change! Sometimes you will not even receive the correct change, for example if your 'bill' comes to 12 hryvnia 48 kopecks and you give the cashier 20 hryvnia expect 7.50 in return. Yes, you have guessed it no small change to give! After more than 20 years of Independence the shopkeepers of Ukraine has not grasped the concept of a 'float'

Service.  Ukraine is changing but in many of the smaller Towns and Cities do not expect the same standard of 'service' in shops , cafes or bars. Many still have the 'old Soviet mentality' when it comes to serving clients! Just accept it as part of Ukraine!

 

Ukrainian drivers have the 'right of way” This statement is not correct according to the law in Ukraine but try crossing the road! Regardless of the colour of the stop-light or the existence of a pedestrian crossing car drivers are reluctant to stop for you! Even walking on the pavement is not always safe many times you will encounter a vehicle being driven along a footpath and must move out of the way. Many taxi drivers especially in the large cities unashamedly violate traffic rules and if you fasten your seatbelt, many Ukrainian drivers will look at you disbelieving! 

Lack of punctuality Meetings in Ukraine often are based on a different understanding of time. In Ukraine 5 minutes equals 20 minutes in Europe or America, so if somebody tells you they will be 5 minutes late, do not bank on it being 5 minutes. Ukrainians are inclined to think little about having other people wait 10 or 20 minutes for them. Life in Ukraine is disorderly and unforeseeable, and people are not able to control or foresee all the circumstances that may keep them from arriving at the agreed time. In other words their time management and forward planning are non-existent! They will assumed that you will be able to entertain yourself while you are waiting for them!

Deadly" drafts In Ukraine drafts are widely considered dangerous for your health and so in many situations where you would open the window to let in fresh air, Ukrainians will keep the windows shut and just tolerate the heat and/or stuffiness, but Ukrainians will sit on the beach when it is 'blowing' a gale because the ozone’s are beneficial for your heath

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