My family and I went to Lviv for Christmas holiday this year. We were there only for 5 days, but I will remember this event all my life. Every day something new and amazing happened – we went for a walk and found small and cozy cafes with delicious cakes and hot chocolate, Swiss fondue or tasty Carpathian banush. We skated on an outdoor ice-skating rink in the center of the city and prayed in old and beautiful churches. I was surprised that people were singing traditional Ukrainian songs – kolyadki – on the streets and national outdoor theater – vertep – impressed me a lot as well. Unfortunately, it is impossible to see these activities in my native city Dnepropetrovsk. So, everything was unforgettable but the most incredible thing is that on Christmas eve the streets of the city were almost empty because people celebrated the holiday at home. The atmosphere was charming because even the restaurants were closed at 6 o’clock and only churches were opened. We also celebrated it at home and traditionally made 12 different plates.
Next morning, when I got up and saw a small decorated Christmas tree in our room and the snow outside, I made a wish. I hope it becomes true and I will go to Lviv again.
Sonya R, 15, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine