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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ukrainian Summer

One day, a few months ago, I turned on my camera to snap a shot of something interesting and accidentally flipped it to the video dial.  Later, while uploading and reviewing my photos on my computer, I ran across this video clip and was so happy about the mistake -- seeing the 15-second clip really brought back to life the memory and the experience of that day.

And so here and there, whenever I remember, I try to catch little clips of the day - both the exciting once-in-a-lifetime moments and the everyday routines.  Things like riding the tram, grocery shopping, and hanging out with friends at the pub are so easily forgotten in the hustle and bustle of continuing life in yet another new city.  I wanted something dynamic to remind me of my summer in Odessa. While sitting in Kiev's Borispol Airport this weekend I compiled my clips from the last few months in Ukraine and voilà...

Ukrainian Summer from shirah-eden on Vimeo.
A compilation of the short clips I've taken throughout my summer studying in Odessa, Ukraine, plus travels to Yalta and Chisinau, Moldova.

I'm not quite satisfied with the quality of the video - especially when it's compressed and uploaded to the internet; but considering that it was shot entirely with a little point-and-shoot camera, it's okay for a first time experiment.  I'm thinking of investing in a nice, compact, higher-quality video camera that travels easy.  The next one should be better!


  1. Oh Shirah, I loved the video. Made me smile. Loved the people, the shopping, and the architeecture. The music was great too. Good job. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Loved this video!

    I'm leaving for St. Pete on Sept 18th. 4 days there, then 6 days river cruise, including the Volga &2 others, then 3 days Moscow. Then fly to Kiev for 5 days. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    BTW, Oregon Sue above is a very good friend and she told me about you and your blog.

    Thanks for any of advice you can give this old gal that's travelling with a best friend & tour group. Anything I should definitely see that wouln't be on a regular tourist attraction list? Is coffee really $10 a cup in St. Pete's. How much American dollars should I change into Ruples (?) before I leave? Most of our meals are included, but sometimes, not. Are the two countries good with Visa or Mastercard?

    Again, thank,
    Judy Duvall


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