Category Archives: Mostly Tourism

Travel vlog about Lviv

I’ve been in Ukraine a little too long to see it with fresh eyes, which is why I really enjoyed this tourist’s video blog:

Toward the end he notices the older couples and families here in Lviv. The same thing that I talk about when comparing Lviv to other places.

Boxer Denys Berinchyk is not a fan of your normal, boring ring walks.

Hilarious video: https://twitter.com/MichaelBensonn/status/1120395462169759748

Denys Berinchyk

Denys Berinchyk (also represented as Denis Berinchik, Ukrainian: Денис Берінчик; born 5 May 1988[1]) is a Ukrainian professional boxer. Berinchyk won the silver medal in the light welterweight division at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku. He went on to win the silver medal in the same division at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]

Berinchyk is also former champion of World University Boxing Championships and European Boxing Cup at the amateur level.[3]

Berinchyk has a PhD in physical education and sport, obtained at the National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport.[4]
Career

In the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, he beat the No.1 seeded and reigning champion Cuban Roniel Iglesias Solotongo on points.[3][5] In the gold medal bout, he was eventually beaten by Everton Lopes of Brazil following the encounter ended 26–23.[6] Finished the championship as silver medalist, Berinchyk was a part of the Ukraine national team, topped the medal table.[6][7]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he had a bye into the second round, where he beat Anthony Yigit. He went on to beat Jeff Horn and then Uranchimegiin Mönkh-Erdene in the semi-final. In the final he lost to Roniel Iglesias, 15-22.[2]

December 22, 2018 Denis Berinchik fights for the title of WBO International. Oleg Malinovsky defending the title of WBO European Champion.

“Ukrainian eggs bring families together”

An annual Easter egg workshop at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on Saturday provided both an opportunity for some quality time for family members and a chance to learn a new art form.

“Pysanka” is the Ukrainian word for Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from a word which means “to write” or “to inscribe,” as the designs are not painted on, but written or inscribed with beeswax.

Though the word is Ukrainian, pysanka is popular throughout eastern Europe. In the Orthodox church, they are brought to church to be blessed on Easter, and are thought to bring good fortune for the rest of the year.

It’s a really fun class,” said Karen Nealis, who has taught the class for the past three years. “Everybody got along. You’d have thought we were family already.

Several of the participants already were. Various family configurations: a grandmother and granddaughter, two sisters, a mother and sons, as well as a mother and her daughter’s best friend all signed up for the class.

https://www.mtairynews.com/news/71822/ukrainian-eggs-bring-families-together

Vasiliy Lomachenko overwhelms José Pedraza late to unify lightweight titles

On a night when Vasiliy Lomachenko did not appear at his imperious best, the sport’s most technically proficient fighter was more than brilliant enough to come through with a sensational finishing kick to unify lightweight titles and bolster an already persuasive claim for the No 1 spot in boxing’s pound-for-pound pecking order.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/dec/09/vasiliy-lomachenko-jose-pedraza-fight-lightweight-titles

UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s billionaire sponsor imprisoned in Russia

After vacating his title, Connor McGregor is returning to the UFC to challenge interim champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov is from Dagestan. During a recent press conference, Connor dove into Dagestani-Chechen-Russian politics, looking, as always, for some psychological lever.

REALLY interesting!

There’s a chance that Ziyavudin’s imprisonment is why Khabib has been expressing Russian nationalism and not Dagestani nationalism. Khabib petitioned Putin directly for his release. And for Russia, this, like everything, is a propaganda outlet.

The Castle in Radomysl

It had been a paper mill and a regular mill, but built by a creative builder in the form of a castle. A Ukrainian philanthropist took over in 2009 and now it is a hotel, tourist attraction, and museum of ancient Ukrainian society and religious life.

Part of the structure is built without a foundation on the natural granite:

The museum included religion icons organized by region. The blue skies with radiance are from Poltava. The icons with leather clothing attached to the them are from Luhansk. The black and blue halos are from Kyiv. The red backgrounds are from Chernivtsi. The naive style art is from the Carpathians. The three-piece fold-out icons are also Hutsul.

These straw pitchers were waterproof and held wine: