Tomorrow summer officially begins. In the US, that means trips to the beach or the pool, barbecues and weekends spent at the movies to catch a blockbuster and a little cool air from the AC. Many of these activities are also popular in Urkaine. But, one of the most common summer traditions for Ukrainian ladies is a trip out to the country to visit the family dacha.
A dacha is a summer or weekend home. These are places where Russian and Ukrainian families get away from the bustle of the city for a few days. At their dachas, people tend fruit trees, grow vegetables in their gardens and gather local wild berries and mushrooms. These foods offer an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement city diets. About half of all Russian families have dachas, and they are quite common in Ukraine, as well. Some dachas are large luxury houses with saunas and swimming pools, but it is more common for dachas to be small and simple cottages.
Ukraine has many dacha communities, all with their particular perks. The rural parts of the Cherkasy, Poltava and Kherson oblasts are renowned for their rich soil and good farming. Areas along the Dnipro River are particularly charming and pretty. Rusanivski Sady, which is a few minutes from the Livoberezhna metro station, is one of the most popular dacha districts in the Kyiv oblast. Many people stay there all summer long.
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