What will this blog be about?
Expect a mixture of positive and negative observations about Ukraine with a bit more attitude than I allow myself in articles on TryUkraine.com. Objectivity will still be the goal, of course.
I may also include language tips relating to practical aspects of living in Ukraine (I am fluent in Russian and Ukrainian).
This is your friendly expat in Ukraine, Rick DeLong, author and designer of TryUkraine.com and a number of other websites. I've already written a bit about myself at TryUkraine.com. I recently returned to Kiev in January 2010 after a year and a half in the U.S. This makes over 7 years total spent in Ukraine.
My lifestyle in Ukraine involves a lot of work on the computer (writing, doing website-related work, and translating) and substantial time pursuing personal interests and attending different activities and events. I am a serious backpacker and take frequent trips to Crimea and the Carpathians. I've seen a lot of the country and met a lot of people during my time in Ukraine.
I have many business and personal relationships with Ukrainians, so that rounds out my perceptions of what goes on here and why. Hopefully I can pass on some of this to my readers.