From the 7th to the 21st of August I spent beautiful time in Ukraine. I lived in Lviv for one week and a half and I spent the last two days in Kiev. Lviv is one of the main cultural centres in Ukraine. The city has many industries and institutions of higher education such as the Lviv University and the Lviv Polytechnic. On June 12, 2009 the Ukrainian magazine Focus assessed Lviv as the best Ukrainian city to live in, and also if I don’t know a lot of cities in Ukraine I agree with it because the atmosphere, the clime that you breathe is magic..
I could concentrate my reportage on ordinary things: if the food was good, if I loved your architecture but I think that everything I’ve mentioned before is a part of a unity and this Unity in my opinion is called “ Ukranian people”. Everything you did in your past like beautiful buildings I saw , like your culture, your hospitality and also your “not perfect streets“ compose your humanity and the result is what you are now, always remembering that bad things could be made better. So I will restrict myself analyzing what I drew from Ukranian people.
A famous writer, Albert Camus one time wrote that you really now a population if you know his way to love each other and after not more than three days I understood how Ukranian people love. That is the way of a country that is growing up, ok with all its problems like corruption but in a sincere way, with a lot of people and in particular young people that want the best from their country and they are ready to dedicate themself for this reason.
At the beginning I was surprised because a lot of people asked me about my country and they didn’t know a lot about the rest of the world. But later I understood – that’s because in Ukraine it’s really difficult to have documents to go in other countries; but everytime I was telling information about my country I always perceived that from the other side there was a person who was really listening to me with a big interest and not just spending his time in a casual way, and: to be able to listen and to have a dialogue is fundamental if you really want to understand and also if you want to solve the problems of your country.
My permanence in Kiev wasn’t so good as the Lviv one for two reasons in particular: at first because the city in its beauty, in its historical buildings didn’t give an impression of a unity but like a not perfect mixture of ancient and new and at the second because I perceived that people in that side of the country are different than in Lviv region.
In conclusion I want to thank all the people I knew because everyone of them teached me something and I want also say good luck for your future in Europe so… good luck Ucraine!
Carmine Andrea Trovato (Italy)