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Euro fans: Brits like Ukrainian beer, and the Spaniards are afraid of our mafia

Before a trip to Euro 2012 in the Ukraine foreign tourists are exploring this country. Here is the list of what Europeans are afraid of here and what may please them.  

BRITISH FANS COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR ROADS, AND POOR KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH

The main benefit noted by British fans in the Ukraine is various and cheap beer, which football fans are so much happy about. «Mainly light beer is popular in Britain, which we call ale. And you have both lager and dark, very tasty and cheap. British, Belgian, Dutch and German fans will be happy «- told British teacher Daniel Deng. He said that he visited Kyiv and Lviv and admired the beauty of these cities. «There are a lot of cafes and restaurants, a good selection of food and alcohol, prices are low. In Kiev I feel very safe when I walk the streets at night. Yes, I have heard that many call the eastern part of the city the «bandit», but I must say the exact same stereotypes exist about the British industrial cities, «- says Daniel.

The main drawback, according to the British, which the fans will face, will be the poor quality of roads between cities and the high price of accommodation in hotels and hostels. He also notes the language barrier as a problem. «It is often difficult to communicate with the waiter, the police.  Though in Kiev subway signs have already been made in Latin letters and this is a great progress. In addition, fans will be assisted by young people, who are English speaking volunteers. I am sure that most fans who visit the Ukraine for the first time, when back home, will tell parents and friends that would like to return to this country again, «- says Daniel.

 

  DUTCH: EXCITED ABOUT OUR SUBWAY AND WANT TO VISIT LOCALS

Dutch fans will surely come to discover the Ukraine. Their national team will play in Kharkov. «Recently, I have traveled to the Ukraine to find hotels and explore everything before going here in summer – the manager from Amsterdam Lars tells. – Especially I liked Kiev. It is a very nice European city. Many said that Eastern Europe is a poor and underdeveloped country, but it turned to be not true.  There are good restaurants, hotels, and the most beautiful subway we have seen. We decided to take it in the summer and see as many stations as possible. Ukrainians are very open and willing to help, even accompany to the right address. This slightly compensates the problem that stops are not announced in the public transport. We were prompted by passengers. Although it is worth of taking advantage of a map, or even better – of a  familiar Ukrainian. Otherwise, you can easily get lost.»

«We also visited Donetsk and Kharkov. It is interesting that you have all the cities so different. They are so beautiful, lots of parks. But there are no suitable hotels, we have found those of low level and with very high prices – says Lars. – In general, there are no fears before the trip to the Ukraine. We know that you are prohibited from smoking marijuana. By the way, we were told that Ukrainian women are very skillful cooks. We were even advised by the guide to visit locals when they invite us for home dinner «- laughs Lars.

 

ITALIANS ARE AFRAID OF SWINDLERS BUT ADMIRE OUR WOMEN

Italians feel no great affection to our country. «Local residents believe the Ukrainians are rather aggressive people – says the chairman of the Christian Society of Ukrainians in Italy Oles Gorodetsky. – Italians think that it is dangerous for foreigners to travel to this country. One story is often retold: once in the Ukraine a tourist met two swindlers, one of whom was dressed as a policeman. The second rogue complained that the Italian guest stole his wallet. The Italian could not prove anything and was totally confused, he thought that it is a real policeman who was clearly defending the Ukrainian. In general, the Italian gave all his money, so as not to end up in a jail.»

“They also comment unflatteringly as to our transportation. «They are sure that all the urban and interurban transport goes not on schedule, you can wait an hour to no avail. And a taxi is unreasonably expensive. Italians are also outraged by the fact that Ukrainians are rough with animals. They have a thing about it.» Gorodetsky believes that the problem is that Italians are simply offended for Ukrainians became hosts  of Euro 2012.

However, the Italians look at the Ukraine from the positive perspective as well. «You have very beautiful and calm women, and the summer is good – not too hot. A Neapolitan Francesco says Kiev is a ery clean and beautiful city.


SPANISH ARE AFRAID OF MAFIA AND RESPECT KIEV DYNAMO
The Spaniards who as Italians can play in the Ukrainian stadiums only in the playoffs heard little of the Ukraine. «A few years ago the Ukraine was part of Russia for the Spaniards. Now the situation is beginning to change – said the president of the Valencia association Constantine Stanishevsky – Largely thanks to football.  A special sensation caused the victory of Dynamo over Barcelona in 1998!

«Here people have almost no idea that the Ukraine and Poland host Euro 2012. Rather weak publicity … In general, they know that it is a poor country, there is mafia and it is better not to behave provokingly. All this because of the violent temper of Russian tourists, which we are still associated with – said Konstantin. – By the way, despite the excitement about football, which the Spaniards have in blood, none of my friends have bought a ticket to Euro 2012. The Spaniards always solve everything and make at the last minute. Probably two weeks before the championship, they will rush to buy tickets and book hotels. Then they will be browsing the Internet in search of information about the Ukraine.»

 

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