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Experiencing Life in the Carpathians of Ukraine

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Only 10% of the Carpathian Mountains are in the territory of Ukraine. The rest of the range crosses Poland, Slovakia, Serbia, Hungary, and Romania. It is an ancient land that mostly refuses to accept change. Horse carts are a regular means of transport and agriculture is a mainstay. Old wooden churches are common in almost every village and outsiders are viewed with a dose of suspicion. Foreign travelers are few and far between, most locals just assumed I was from neighboring Poland or Slovakia. Tourism has arrived in some parts here but hasn't spoiled the way of life that has maintained for centuries. Tourists come in from Kyiv to trek up Mt Goverla, to ski down Bukovel, and to get a taste of the culture here.
This is a region where the landscape is tied to its people. Instead of getting a lift up into the mountains to hike, I choose to walk directly from the village. For three hours I passed villages waking up: men with sickles heading out to the fields, babushkas drawing water from wells, and horse-drawn carts overfilled with hay. This is the kind of place where every house has their own chicken in the yard, and it's not uncommon to see white geese wandering around. I spent my time around Vorokhta, Tatariv, and Lazeshchyna, spending my nights in Yasinya. Yasinya makes an excellent base to experience the region. You could even spend your time walking on the hills on either side of Yasinya. If you like seeing life in the countryside, you'll like Yasinya. These photos come from that vicinity and beyond.
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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. theTraveller says:

    Hi, Stephen

    Nice photos. Well reflect the atmosphere of the place. Especially the last one.

  2. Faye says:

    Nice photos Stephen. I guess you have experienced a nice life in the Carpathians. I love the ambiance of the farm. so refreshing and peaceful.

  3. Enes says:

    Hey Stephen
    My girlfriend and i will be in Ukraine next week. We heard about carpathians but we were wondering is there any campingsite ?

  4. go-indochine says:

    Nice experience. Very inspired for a travel blogger like me. Tks for making this article.

  5. jovic says:

    love the scenary and surroudings of the farm.

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