Images from our time in Western Ukraine. This part of the country is characterized by Euro-Ukrainian cities such as Lviv, Uzhorod, and Ivano-Frankivsk, with roots also in Poland, Galicia, Czechoslovakia, Austria-Hungary, and more; a narrow swathe of the Carpathian Mountains, forested and crawling with people growing things and herding things and collecting things, and some tourists like ourselves; and a unique take on the state and future of the country, naturally. Most of our time was spent in the mountains, and on either side of the mountains riding to and from Lviv and Uzhorod. We spent a few days in transit to visit family in the southwest, or perhaps it may be called the south-central part of the county. It is closer to Odessa and the Moldovian border than I realized. Technically, this is all from the western half of the country, at the crossroads of our lives and Ukrainian life.
The billboard reads, “My dad protects Ukraine! Are you ready?”