I have an idea and oppurtunity to spend this summer in Ukraine. I don't have any particular person to meet. I just thought that the best way to get to know someone is by actually being there. So my question is, if you were going to spend some time in ukraine, where would you want to live? In a big city like Kiev or Kharkov, or a smaller one like Kherson, Poltava, Sumy?
I think you are looking at this backwards. You are right, the best way to get to know someone is by being there, so wherever that person is in Ukraine, that is where you will want to be. You need to concentrate on meeting that special person rather than first trying to decide which city is most appealing to live in. The bigger the city, the more opportunities there are to meet ladies.
The solution is not any one particular city. The key is to be mobile. Rent daily apartments (not weekly or monthly) or stay in hotels. I use Booking.com to find the cheapest solutions. Pay by the day and don't pre-pay for any number of days as hotels / apartments will not refund if you need to leave suddenly.
I might suggest you start out in Odessa. It's safe and calm. A quaint and charming city. Then use a good dating site (I will not get into which sites to use as this is covered in other threads).
As for meeting the ladies you can either travel to their city or invite them to where you are. Never send them money. Always promise to reimburse them after you see their ticket.
The key is to be mobile. You should be able to get on a train, bus or plane to meet your next contact at a moment's notice.
I'd be glad to offer advice or answer questions relating to this topic here or through PM.
I agree with Wineman. Go to Kiev. If you're looking to find a woman, I would go to Kiev first. I've been there three times, and I think the best looking women are in Kiev. I have been in Kherson, for one week, and found the women to be average. Nothing special there. You might try Odessa, but there are many women prostitutes. Many attractive women, but to find one with a good heart anyplace is not easy. I think you will enjoy Kiev the best and it is the best city to connect with someone.
Kiev is hard work. The girls aren't really interested in foreigners unless you are talking about ladies who are 35+ years old and desperate to marry/leave. Kiev is the best place in Ukraine to live, closely followed by Lviv and Odessa. Kiev has the most women (as others have stated) but they all have jobs and the men in Kiev can support them so they aren't as interested in foreigners. I would avoid Lviv since the girls aren't interested in foreigners. Odessa has a lot of prostitutes, scammers and diseases. I think Sumy and Kharkiv areas are the best for finding a real girl that is good looking and in need of a foreign man. May not be safe at the moment though.
"the best looking women are in Kiev" that's BS. Ukraine has good looking women throughout the whole country. Kiev women may be more metropolitan if that is what you're looking for. Also BS about women in Odessa being prostitutes. Complete rubbish. Perhaps you base that on your own experience?
Again my point is no one city is better than another. You've got to be mobile. You've got to be able to visit any city at a moments notice. Good luck to you.
Wineman, are you implying to meet the person on a website first? and then live in her city? I agree that would be ideal. I guess I've lost trust in dating websites. Even the free ones. If you've had success in this area, then please share your wisdom. To me, it just seems like a business. Guys, am i wrong?
I've never found "the one" -- but I have met several women via dating websites whom I believed to be decent and quite sincere in their intentions of marriage, including at least one who later married a foreign man.
I found some "rules of thumb" for recognizing junk profiles, which seem to be pretty reliable.
Even so, I've met three women who just wanted me to spend as much money on them as possible, and a few who seemed to have serious psychological problems.
If you decide to camp out in Ukraine for a while -- after first checking the military situation! -- you could do as I have sometimes done, introducing yourself with short emails to the effect of "hey I'm in town, interested in meeting?" This does increases the risk of meeting the spend-money-on-me girls. But I also met some real nice gals that way.
I wish you luck! And if things haven't calmed down by them, you might want to have a plan ready for quick exit to the closest national border.
I think it is personal preference, smaller cities have lower prices. do not use services such as expedia for accommodations since they only give hotels and apartments are much cheaper. Bigger city.s do have more signs in English but do not expect much. I would expect you will not need a dating site since you will be there for that much time. Odessa is full of Russian mob and prostitutes so might want to use caution there.
Your entire letter is without merit. How many cities in Ukraine have you been to? I've been to four cities in Ukraine. How many have you been to?? I've been to Kiev three times, Odessa twice, Kerson once,and Nikolaev once. I've been in Ukraine a total of seven times. How many times have you been there? How many cities? How many of the locals have you talked to?? Before you label as "rubbish" letters in this forum, you better know what you are talking about and who you are talking to. Otherwise you just get a reputation as a name caller and nothing else.
Personally, I would choose a smaller city (although for services and accommodations the larger cities are probably better). As of right now, all of the ladies who I have corresponded with are not in either Kiev or Odessa. They are in other areas in central Ukraine. My trip would be based on meeting specific people, so I guess I cannot qualify as a trip advisor to the country. But yes, it does seem like a business as you said.
Hello, Just some advice. It all depends on what you're looking for. If you want to have all the mod cons then got for a big city like Kiev. In a big city there are more opportunities to meet the girls as well.
In smaller cities and towns the girls can be more down to earth. Plus the girls in smaller cities and towns will have met less foreign guys or probably no foreign guys at all. You can be like a celebrity there.
So all depends on what you're looking for and how long you want to stay. Personally if you want to stay longer, like 6 months or more I think a bigger city is better.
Good luck to you!