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[3 Mar 2010]

Men who strive to learn about their Ukrainian bride's life and culture will be better able to help her adapt when bringing her to his country... [More]

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[17 Nov 2009]

Some skeptics of HotRussianBrides.com worry that the gorgeous women on our site are too good to be true. Surveys show they're not. [More]

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[16 Nov 2009]

A smile is a universal sign of politeness and friendliness, right? Not always. [More]

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[12 Nov 2009]

Ukraine is a crossroads of culture and ethnicitiy, with a vibrant mix of city life and charming rural ways. How does a modern Ukrainian lady live? [More]

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[14 Oct 2009]

If vodka is one of Russia’s “national drinks,” horilka is the Ukrainian equivalent. In fact, some may argue that horilka is where vodka has its roots. It’s difficult to say for sure. What is sure is that chemically horilka is not much different than vodka. It is usually distilled from grain, potatoes, honey, sugar beets and many other fruits and vegetables. Nearly all of today’s commercially produced horilka is 80 proof (40 percent alcohol) – double the alcohol content of traditional horilka. If you drink it, be advised that it is not for the faint of heart. The word “horilka” itself is thought to be derived from a mixture of several different European languages, translated roughly in some instances as “burning water” or “burning wine.” A harsh drink, it is best taken in one swig, along with some kind of food. Much like beer and wine, it is often consumed at parties and social gatherings. In earlier times, variants of the drink were even consumed traditionally at weddings and other celebrations. When traveling through the Ukraine, if you are inclined to try some horilka, it is considered best practice to drink some that is manufactured in the area you are visiting. The local water and overall atmosphere are important factors that influence the effectiveness of the drink, so say the locals. Purchasing the drink in one location and traveling to another area to consume it will do you no good, they say. So, when you go to visit your Ukrainian bride, be sure to ask about this cultural firewater. But make sure you can take the punch, before you take a swig.

Culture and History »

[7 Oct 2009]

I know it's out of season, but I wanted to share with you a new holiday called the Day of Family, Love & Fidelity, being celebrated all over Russia on July 8. The holiday’s main aim is to encourage and support those, who have been successful in maintaining long term marriages. In fact, couples all across the country receive medals on this holiday if they have been married for either 25 or 50 years. The holiday is now so big that many couples have chosen it as their wedding day. However, it’s not only couples who are ecstatic over this exciting new holiday, but single Russian women are excited about it too. One Russian lady is quoted as saying, “Valentine’s Day isn’t ours. It came from the West. This one is ours…it will strengthen families.” What about those married couples who have the occasional spat? This holiday is intended to help those couples too. In Moscow, these spatting couples will soon be directed to a “reconciliation bench” built specifically for this day. Here, they will be thrown together by a sloping seat. The couple will then have to remain in this position until they have successfully worked out their altercation. Valentina Petrenko, who is on the Committee that suggested the holiday be put into place, shares in the excitement saying, “This is a holiday celebrating common values. It has no boundaries and no nationality.”

Best Places in Ukraine »

[22 Sep 2009]

Sady Pobedy is a stunning luxury shopping center located in Odessa.  Also known as “Victory Gardens,” this building is unique in Ukraine due to its scale, construction approach and format.  Featuring state of the art air filtration and eco-friendly lighting systems as well as five levels of boutiques, restaurants, bars, even an art gallery and concert hall, the building combines both beauty and function seamlessly.    The Art gallery on the fourth level was opened on March 25, 2007 with the exhibition of the works of Odessa artists. From the first day of its existence, the gallery gained impetuous working tempo. Within the period of six months there were four personal and three joint exhibitions. The works of more than 40 Ukrainian artists are represented on 250 m squared of the exhibition.   The gallery possesses a great collection of beautiful works of the best South -Russian artists of the 50’s – 70’s and the 20th century, such as Sheluto, Astmanchyk, Lomnkin, Rusin, Pavluk, Yegorov, Tokarev and others. The gallery works in different directions: there are exhibitions of famous artists, artistic family dynasties and naturally young talented artists.   Within a short period the gallery in “Sady Pobedy” took the leading place in cultural life of Odessa and gained popularity beyond the city.   Visitors to Sady Pobedy must also visit the restaurant of the same name on the fifth level.  Here you will find the delicious intersection of gastronomic pleasure and simple life ideals.    “Ordinary” cuisine by Aleksey Pusik and Svetalna Puliko is not that ordinary actually. The restaurant is looking forward to serving guests at breakfast, lunch and dinner by candlelight. The chef will certainly create new dishes in accordance with season. The head-cook will delight you with his favourite dishes, such as Mediterranean cuisine, Caucasian cuisine and traditional Ukrainian cuisine. There is also a lounge- café, where you can enjoy the Best Brand Coffee and cigars. The summer patio offers a separate bar, a patio for “relaxation” and a pre-party with a glamorous view of the city.   Also on the fifth level is an amazing concert hall surrounded by the adjoining restaurants.  From here, you may dine on a select concert menu while you enjoy musicians and dance performances in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.   We definitely recommend you stop by this world class establishment during your visit to Odessa, whether it is to go on a shopping excursion with your date, enjoy a romantic dinner, enjoy a concert together, view magnificent works of art… or even all of the above!      

Culture and History »

[17 Sep 2009]

Every year, tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews from around the world make a pilgrimage to the city of Uman, Ukraine for Rosh Hashanah, to visit the grave of Rebbe Nachman.  Despite the global economic troubles, many are still expected to visit the city this year as well.    Rebbe Nachman was the great grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism.  During his lifetime, Nachman breathed new life into the Hasidic movement by combining the esoteric secrets of Judaism with in-depth Torah scholarship.    Thousands of Hasidim would travel to be with Rebbe Nachman during the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Chanuka, and Shavuot, during which he would deliver his formal lessons.  During the last Rosh Hashanah of his life, Rebbe Nachman stressed to his followers the importance of being with him for that holiday in particular, inspiring the institution of an annual pilgrimage to his gravesite on Rosh Hashanah, beginning in 1811, the year after his death.    During the Communist era, only a dozen or so Hasidim would risk the annual pilgrimage, fearing raids and arrests regularly performed by the authorities.  After the fall of Communism in 1989, the gates were reopened entirely, allowing Jews from around the world to safely visit Nachman’s grave.   Pilgrims to the city believe in writing their prayers for Nachman on sheets of paper; in particular, it is believed that if you write down wishes for romance, you will be married within the year.  For these and many other reasons, tens of thousands of people, religious and secular, to pray and celebrate Nachman’s life.

Best Places in Ukraine »

[17 Sep 2009]

In Odessa you can find the well-known, 192 step Potemkinsky Ladder. Prince Vorontsov presented it to his wife Elizabeth and paid about 800 thousand roubles, which was considered big money in the early 1800s.  During the Soviet period, the steps were renamed in honour of revolt on a battleship "Potyomkin" in 1905. Before the revolution the ladder was called the Richelieu Steps because on a top there is a monument to the count Duke to De Rishele, the city founder. The construction of this huge ladder had begun in 1837 and was finished in 1841. The author of the project was architect F.Boffo, who had deliberately developed construction proportions. The ladder’s width on the top is 12.3 metres and at the bottom is it 21.6 metres. Initially the ladder had 200 steps, later, at a lay-out of the Seaside Street, eight steps were covered with ground, and they, according to words of the old residents, are hidden in depth of a public road.   This ladder is built at the place of another one made from a shell rock. It led to the Turkish fortress of Eni-Dunja. Then there was a wooden one containing 220 steps and it led down to the sea to bathing coast.   Some features of this construction are very interesting. So, at first sight only platforms (except the top march) from above are visible. Ladder parapets seem to be parallel. This visual effect is created because of gradual expansion of a ladder from the top to the bottom. If to look from below, platforms disappear. We see continuous cascade of steps and ladder seems to be grown. It was the core idea of its founders. They wanted to strengthen its perspective by enlarging length of the ladder, and to give it majestic view. Its steps and platforms were covered with Triest`s stone delivered with ships that came here to get bread. Side parapets were made from the local shell rock. In 1933 during reconstruction steps were replaced with pink-gray granite.   It is a magnificent place from which you can enjoy an amazing view on the picturesque Port of Odessa. The flying sea-gulls and the ships that are moored in the harbour will arouse the most positive and splendid feelings in your heart! And this is the best place for you and your match to walk, take unforgettable pictures and even look at sunset!          

Tips and Advice »

[15 Sep 2009]

In a post “Women’s Lib” world, men have been conditioned into abandoning the old fashioned, traditional dating rules.  Gone are the days when gentlemen were expected to open a door for a lady or pull out her chair; now such chivalrous actions may be interpreted by women in the West as demeaning or insulting.  For men who miss how it used to be, dating a Russian or Ukrainian woman can be a refreshing change.  The dating culture here still embraces the old fashioned approach.  Even a more modern thinking, independent Russian woman will appreciate the extra care and attention you pay her by following traditional courtship rules.    If you’ve grown too accustomed to the modern dating protocol in the West, here are some wooing tips that are sure to make your special lady swoon.   Take the Lead.  While the norm today may be to share in the planning of the evening and going “dutch” when it’s time to pay, this trend has not caught on everywhere.  Take control by planning out the date yourself – and footing the bill.  By making all the reservations and planning the schedule yourself, you not only avoid the “what do you want to do?” exchange; you also relieve her of the stress and responsibility involved in planning your first date, allowing her to relax and just focus on enjoying her time with you.    Make it Special.  Don’t treat your date like any other night out.  If you want to make a great impression on your date, dress to impress.  This doesn’t mean you’ll have to don a tuxedo (unless it’s appropriate for your destination!), but you should certainly ditch the jeans and t-shirt.  Dress well, be sure your clothes are ironed and your shoes aren’t scuffed, run a comb through your hair; you may even consider topping it off with a masculine cologne, but be careful not to go overboard.   Don’t Forget the Flowers.  Flowers play a much more significant role in Russian culture than they do in Western countries, so it is very important to present them to your date.  Keep in mind, no matter the variety you get, that the bouquet should be comprised of an odd number of flowers (even numbers are reserved for funerals and sorrowful events) and you should avoid presenting yellow roses (which can signify disinterest or the end of a relationship).   Sweep Her Off Her Feet.  You know the drill:  Open doors for her, pull out her chair, offer your jacket if it’s chilly or raining.  Don’t forget to use good table manners if you go out to eat and keep her glass full.  Another custom from a bygone era:  offer your arm to her as you walk together or as you step into or out of vehicles.  These may seem like little things, but she’ll appreciate your care and you’ll impress her with your charm.    Keep in Touch.  Don’t forget to get in touch with her the next day!  After your date or trip, call or send an email to tell her you had a wonderful time and that you’re interested in seeing her again.  This little courtesy is often neglected in the modern dating world, so if you follow this tip, you’re sure to stand out. 

Culture and History »

[24 Aug 2009]

Every year on August 24th, Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day! This year marks the 18th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.   The history of Ukraine originated with the creation of the state of Kiev in the 9th century. After the decline of this state’s formation and disintegration into small princedoms in the 17th century, the Cossack-Hetman state was created which existed until the end of the 18th century and from then, up until the 20th century, the independent Ukrainian state did not exist.   In August, 24th, 1991, the Supreme Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic proclaimed Ukraine an independent, democratic state and presented “The Certificate of Declaration of independence of Ukraine” for approval by the Ukrainian referendum on December, 1st, 1991.   On Sunday, August 23rd, on the Day of the National Flag of Ukraine, with the assistance of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, the solemn ceremony of raising the National Flag of Ukraine took place on the Constitution square. Then, the head of the state, officials, representatives of the public of Kiev and regions put wreaths on the monuments of the poet Taras Shevchenko, the first president of Ukraine Michael Grushevsky, Duke Vladimir and hetman Bogdan Khmelnitskiy.   On Monday, August 24th, at 9 o'clock in the morning in the Sofia cathedral and in other churches, temples of the capital will hold services and worships all morning. Heads of the state, representatives of the capital power and the citizens will pray for Ukraine and its people.   At ten o'clock in the morning on Kreschatik Street, the traditional army parade will take place. The march includes divisions of all combat arms; also, tanks and self-propelled guns will be presented in a stationary exposition - from the European square to Institute Street.   Participation in military parade and in other actions will accept 17 best military musical collectives from different regions of Ukraine.   After the parade, the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko will address to the Ukrainian people with a speech. In the evening, on the city central square there will be a celebratory concert with participation of creative collectives and stars of the Ukrainian Variety. And, certainly, the holiday will end with an artillery salute. This is unbelievable beautiful scene and you definitely need to see this!   In preparation for this holiday, national flags have been updated on buildings in capital. A pedestrian zone on the central city street have been decorated with flowers, established missing urns and benches and repaired lighting devices. On a Maidan of Nezalezhnosti, the city authorities have prepared for citizens and visitors to Kiev a surprise – a working clock created from almost 50 thousand natural flowers. And the dial of this masterpiece reaches 19 meters! Hours will start to show an exact time since August, 23rd.   Over the Central part of Kiev, 35 units of aviation technics flew, in particular 8 helicopters, three civil planes An-225 , An-124 "Ruslan", An-148, and also planes of destroyer, assault, bombardier, prospecting, military-transport and sea aircraft aviation.   The same parades can be seen in every big city of Ukraine on this day! All the people celebrate and appreciate the freedom of their native country.   National holidays, like Independence Day of Ukraine, bring people closer, allowing them to feel a sense of participation and unity with the great Ukrainian nation. On August 24th it is better to discard routine, soar over trivial problems and celebrate this day together with your compatriots!