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    I am going to a school in dnepropetrovsk

    I am going to a school in Dnepropetrovsk. anything I should be aware when going there? all of my old friends I expect to hear you opinions. wiki didn't have much to say. I wanted your personal opinions.

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    Good luck. Have a wonderful time. Say hello to my good friend Yushinko.
    Don't drink the water. Drink bottled water. I got very sick from drinking tap water.
    Watch those cab drivers. They will rip you off. Take the Marshutki buses - they are very cheap and convenient (but crowded).
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    what is the economy like is it expensive to live there?the thing that is getting me is that I've studied Russian and Ukrainian seems to have 2 letters different.but over all to me it seems the same or very very close. any thank you for your replies.

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    Are you going there to teach or to study?
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    to study there is no way I can teach a language yet.

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    You could teach English if you are a native speaker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow1
    Don't drink the water. Drink bottled water. I got very sick from drinking tap water.
    Watch those cab drivers. They will rip you off. Take the Marshrutka buses - they are very cheap and convenient (but crowded).
    Don't drink water straight out of the tap, but if you boil it, you won't get sick. It may not taste good, but a cheap brita filter will take care of that.
    Drinking nothing but bottled could get expensive.

    If you ask the locals what numbers to call for a taxi, they will tell you which ones to use. They will also give you a clue what it should cost, then you can let the cabbie know that you know he's asking too much -- I've never had a problem with cabbies ripping me off. In my experience, they rarely try, unless you look wealthy and ignorant, I guess.

    Marshrutkas can be confusing at first because you probably don't know the route it will take, and you have to tell the driver to stop. Once you get your feet under you, though, they are definitely the best transportation option.

    Where are you going to be studying and how long?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Krist
    I've studied Russian and Ukrainian seems to have 2 letters different.but over all to me it seems the same or very very close. any thank you for your replies.
    You'll have no use for Ukrainian there (unlike in Lvov, for example), Dnepropetrovsk is a Russian-speaking city.
    Please, correct my mistakes, except for the cases I misspell something on purpose!

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    Well it's not the most beautiful city in the world, it is very industrial. That whole part of Ukraine is a very industrial area.

    If you have a chance, go to the Crimea, as it's not far from Dniepropetrovsk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
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    If you have a chance, go to the Crimea, as it's not far from Dniepropetrovsk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Krist
    2 letters different.
    Three or even four!

    Є, I, Ї, and optional Ґ - only in Ukranian
    Э, Ы, Ъ and Ё - only in Russian

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    from what I have asked my friends. they say: dont drink water, you can only eat with certian people, dont eat fruit thanks to Chernobyl,90% of the poeple have taburcolosis, and you have a good chance of getting it- theres no cure.the people are really humble and kind.what is the currency like there should I buy clothes here or there cause they re built for the weather there? tell me please how should I prepare to go. I speak decentally enough to be able to read the posts and get the idea on this forum.
    any help is much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Krist
    from what I have asked my friends. they say: dont drink water, you can only eat with certian people, dont eat fruit thanks to Chernobyl,90% of the poeple have taburcolosis, and you have a good chance of getting it- theres no cure.the people are really humble and kind.what is the currency like there should I buy clothes here or there cause they re built for the weather there? tell me please how should I prepare to go. I speak decentally enough to be able to read the posts and get the idea on this forum.
    any help is much appreciated.
    dont drink water - don't panic. I've lived all my life here and nobody I know have ever get ill drinking tap water (we always boil it though). So don't be afraid. But bottled and the spring water (it can be easily bought) definetely tastes better. The choice is youth.

    dont eat fruit thanks to Chernobyl - ridiculous. Most likely you'll find imported (Turkish, ex-Soviet republics, etc.), local or Crimean fruits. No chance you'll sprout a tail or something eating them.

    90% of the poeple have taburcolosis - again, highly exaggerated. There is oficially declared epidemic of tuberculosis in Ukraine, but it's not quite as dramatic, as your friends tales.
    In Dnepropetrovsk only about 2,6% of population have tuberculosis. About 75% of them are convicts, alcoholics and homeless people. Unlesst you're going to hang around with them you're not in imminent danger. Just wash your hands and do other ordinary things.

    theres no cure - LOL. You probably confused it with Ebola virus. Tuberculosis is treatable, it takes from a few months to a few years, depending on the form and on how long the disease was neglected by the sick person.

    you can only eat with certian people - elaborate, please. I have no idea what you're talking about.

    what is the currency like there - US dollars will do fine. You'll be able easily exchange them to local currency ("grivnas") at any moment (approximately 5 Grivnas = 1$)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Krist
    from what I have asked my friends. they say: dont drink water, you can only eat with certian people, dont eat fruit thanks to Chernobyl,90% of the poeple have taburcolosis, and you have a good chance of getting it- theres no cure.the people are really humble and kind.what is the currency like there should I buy clothes here or there cause they re built for the weather there? tell me please how should I prepare to go. I speak decentally enough to be able to read the posts and get the idea on this forum.
    any help is much appreciated.
    It feels like you're going to hell and not to Dnepropetrovsk, pal.
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    I'm on Rtyom and gromozeka's side completely. Even though I've never been to Ukraine, not to mention Dnepropetrovsk, I'm rather certain that the chance of getting ill or something while in Ukraine is almost the same as anywhere in Europe. There are hundred thousands of people in Dnepropetrovsk and they all live somehow. If you have never been to any Russian or Ukrainian city/town before, you might experience "a culture shock", that's what TATY was saying about. The typical industrial style of many post-Soviet towns is probably quite different to what you may expect of an industrial city in the West. But all that doesn't mean that there's a high risk of getting ill because of reputedly bad tap water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReDSanchous
    I'm on Rtyom and gromozeka's side completely. Even though I've never been to Ukraine, not to mention Dnepropetrovsk, I'm rather certain that the chance of getting ill or something while in Ukraine is almost the same as anywhere in Europe. There are hundred thousands of people in Dnepropetrovsk and they all live somehow. If you have never been to any Russian or Ukrainian city/town before, you might experience "a culture shock", that's what TATY was saying about. The typical industrial style of many post-Soviet towns is probably quite different to what you may expect of an industrial city in the West. But all that doesn't mean that there's a high risk of getting ill because of reputedly bad tap water.
    No, I know plenty of people who have gotten sick from Ukrainian water, including me. The "badness" of the tap water is not a matter of opinion or debate, unless you can cite some study for me that shows that tap water in Ukraine is safe.

    Other than that, I'm sure Sir Krist will have a great time there. Ukraine is a wonderful place in a number of ways. I'm hoping to move to L'viv myself at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulb
    unless you can cite some study for me that shows that tap water in Ukraine is safe.
    I woudln't believe anything on that matter

    Not only that - each geographic location or area has its own peculiarities concerning the kinds of microorganisms, bacteria and viruses habiting that area, organic acids and other things that affect our metabolism. When we are "at home", i.e. the area we've been living in during the most of our life, we have the immunity against the most spread biological and chemical agents in the area, but when we move somewhere, the orgnism needs time to get accustomed to the new environment so there're bound to be some unhealthy effects. The exact chemical compound of the tap water differs from locality to locality, and sometimes some agent that is used for cleaning the natural water causes allergy.
    Since water is the main ingdinient of almost any meal anything we eat or drink in the new place may be potentially dangerous.
    I know many cases when perfectly normal food for the locals was causing some bad effects on stranges. And of course, I experience similar effects on myself when I go somewhere far enough.
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    from an article I found:

    Currently, 25% of water supply facilities and lines
    have reached their expiry date; 22% of supply systems are in a
    state of emergency, with 35% worn out and inadequate; half of
    the pumping units have depleted their resources, with 40% of
    them requiring immediate replacement; 26% of sewerage nets
    and 7% of pumping plants are worn-out; moreover, 46% of
    pumping plants are to be fully replaced. As a result of this,
    45% of the population is consuming water that does not comply with state standards.

    from http://www.tni.org/books/waterukraine.pdf

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    Relative dangers:

    Culture shock -- High.
    No question, but you will get used to it.

    Tap water (unboiled) -- High.
    It won't kill you, but you could get "Shevchenko's Revenge" pretty bad.

    Tap water (boiled) -- None.
    I'm telling you, boil it and put it through a Brita (sold there everywhere) and you won't know you aren't drinking bottled.

    Chernobyl -- Very low.
    Not even worth worrying about unless you live close by.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Quote Originally Posted by paulb
    unless you can cite some study for me that shows that tap water in Ukraine is safe.
    I woudln't believe anything on that matter

    Not only that - each geographic location or area has its own peculiarities concerning the kinds of microorganisms, bacteria and viruses habiting that area, organic acids and other things that affect our metabolism. When we are "at home", i.e. the area we've been living in during the most of our life, we have the immunity against the most spread biological and chemical agents in the area, but when we move somewhere, the orgnism needs time to get accustomed to the new environment so there're bound to be some unhealthy effects. The exact chemical compound of the tap water differs from locality to locality, and sometimes some agent that is used for cleaning the natural water causes allergy.
    Since water is the main ingdinient of almost any meal anything we eat or drink in the new place may be potentially dangerous.
    I know many cases when perfectly normal food for the locals was causing some bad effects on stranges. And of course, I experience similar effects on myself when I go somewhere far enough.
    Just wonder: are you a microbiologist?
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