Saturday Scenes: Waking Up on the Black Sea

A year ago at this time, I was sailing across the Black Sea from Odessa, Ukraine to Batumi, Georgia. This is the first shot I took after waking up and peeking out the window my […]

Saturday Scenes: Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv

Lychakiv Cemetery, Lviv, Ukraine

The Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv, Ukraine dates back to 1787 and has long been the burial place for the city’s upper classes. Despite knee-high snow drifts and below freezing temperatures, I spent a couple hours […]

Saturday Scenes: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

I hadn’t planned to stop in Ivano-Frankivsk as I explored western Ukraine last year. But due to a train snafu, I ended up spending the night there, which allowed me a few hours to check […]

Saturday Scenes: Chernobyl

Chernobyl, Ukraine

My visit to Chernobyl and the surrounding area was one of the most fascinating experiences of my entire trip. In this photo, you can see Reactors 3 and 4 on the left (Reactor 4 is […]

Saturday Scenes: A Winter Wonderland in Kiev

Kiev, Ukraine

We are kind of lacking in the snowfall department in Chicago this year, so I thought I’d flash back to where I was last year at this time – in snow, snowy Kiev. It was […]

Reviewing 2012: Did That All Really Happen?

Warsaw, Poland

Thinking about the past year leaves me with very mixed emotions. After being back in the United States for over three months now, it sometimes feels like the nine months before that didn’t even happen. […]

My 12 Favorite Places in 2012

Kamyanets Podilsky, Ukraine

As 2012 winds down, I thought I would take a look back at some of the most memorable places I visited over the last year. From ancient castles and ruined churches to mountain villages and […]

Saturday Scenes: Seeing My Shadow in Odessa

Black Sea, Odessa, Ukraine

I took this when I was in Odessa, Ukraine in late February. I was enjoying my first glimpse of the Black Sea late in the day, which gave me the perfect opportunity to snap a […]