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Polish tour information publishes heartfelt homage to Ukraine – The First Information

Written with the nation on the verge of conflict, Soroczka i kiszone arbuzy explores the Ukraine of creator and journey information Katarzyna Łoza and presents the wonderful quirks of Poland’s japanese neighbour.
Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

A ebook in regards to the historical past, tradition and delicacies of Ukraine to be printed this week has taken on unintended significance after Russia’s invasion of the nation by providing a novel snapshot of the nation on the eve of conflict. 

What was meant to be a journey ebook has now develop into a narrative about what’s at stake within the conflict, what has been misplaced and what the Ukrainian individuals are combating for – their wealthy historical past, identification, but in addition a traditional life.

It was written as a ebook that readers may throw of their luggage earlier than setting off on a journey by the attractive nation.

Residing in Lviv together with her husband and three kids, Łoza works as a tour information, working the web site and weblog lwow.data.Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

Nonetheless, when Lviv-based Polish vacationer information Katarzyna Łoza was placing the ending touches to Ukraina. Soroczka i kiszone arbuzy [Ukraine. Sorochka and Pickled Watermelons], Russian forces have been already gathering on Ukraine’s borders and nice uncertainty hung within the air.

Earlier than going to print, and with the conflict already underway, the creator puzzled whether or not to vary the textual content.

After consulting with the writer, she determined to depart the ebook precisely because it was, thereby turning it into an ode to the nation she had grown to like. 

Written as a ebook that readers may throw of their luggage earlier than setting off on a journey by the attractive nation, it has now taken on added significance by displaying not simply what Ukraine stands to lose, but in addition what its residents are combating to guard.Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

The title refers to 2 issues that, in Łoza’s view, make the nation significantly particular. A sorochka is the normal embroidered shirt of Ukraine, which fits again to the origins of the nation, the embroidery of which is totally different for every area with their very own explicit patterns and hues.

Pickled watermelons, in the meantime, underline the nation’s numerous delicacies. “All the things is pickled – from cabbage and cucumbers to tomatoes, garlic, peppers, aubergines, carrots, apples, watermelons and even bread,” Łoza writes.

Neither strictly reportage nor a guidebook, the work is a narrative in regards to the nation from the attitude of an individual who fell in love with it and tied her life to it.

With the conflict already underway, the creator puzzled whether or not to vary the textual content, however after consulting with the writer she determined to depart the ebook precisely because it was, thereby turning it into an ode to the nation she had grown to like. Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

“After I first visited Ukraine in 1997, we have been each nonetheless younger and inexperienced. I used to be a first-year scholar of ethnology and it was my first time overseas; [Ukraine] had simply declared independence six years earlier and was discovering her method within the post-Soviet actuality.

“It could quickly prove that because of one spontaneous resolution, my life can be sure to this nation for a few years and I might not solely watch it mature, but in addition take part in that course of.”

Residing in Lviv together with her husband and three kids, Łoza works as a tour information, working the web site and weblog lwow.data.

In contrast to many, she and her household determined to stay in Ukraine when Russia invaded on 24 February this 12 months.

Readers can be taught that Ukraine is a rustic stuffed with contrasts based on the parable of the Cossacks the place nationwide identification is just not at all times linked to talking Ukrainian.Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

“Many individuals have left Lviv and naturally we respect that, everybody’s state of affairs is totally different. We determined to stick with our kids in our flat. If there may be shelling, a direct menace to the civilian inhabitants, we may even depart,” she mentioned.

Łoza’s ebook takes readers on a journey by the nation from east to west and north to south.

Travelling by the mountains of Transcarpathia, the Black Beach and the post-communist tower blocks of Kharkiv, she discovers the highs and lows of latest Ukraine.

Readers can be taught that Ukraine is a rustic stuffed with contrasts based on the parable of the Cossacks the place nationwide identification is just not at all times linked to talking Ukrainian.

Neither strictly reportage nor a guidebook, the work is a narrative in regards to the nation from the attitude of an individual who fell in love with it and tied her life to it.Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

Though Poles and Ukrainians shared the identical land for over six centuries, Ukraine stays an undiscovered and unknown land for a lot of modern Poles.

Łoza’s descriptions of the nation because it was as much as the outbreak of conflict could come as a shock for a lot of, due to this fact.

“Ukrainians have created six unicorns (corporations with a valuation of least a billion {dollars}), constructed house rockets, invented WhatsApp and Grammarly, received the Eurovision contest, and even danced in a Madonna video,” she writes, including, “You may pay for a ticket on a Lviv tram by scanning the QR code, and life in Kiev has develop into dearer than in Moscow.”

The cities she describes – Kiev, Odessa, Kherson and Kharkiv – have been attacked and even occupied by Russia. 

Travelling by the mountains of Transcarpathia, the Black Beach and the post-communist tower blocks of Kharkiv, she discovers the highs and lows of latest Ukraine.Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

Kherson within the south of the nation, which Łoza visited in 2020, has been beneath Russian occupation since 2 March.

Based throughout the Russian colonisation of southern Ukraine by Catherine the Nice, the realm was previously a part of the Crimean Khanate beneath Turkey. When the Russian colonisation started, Catherine ordered the displacement of the Cossacks.

Łoza calls it the watermelon republic after the area’s most prolific crop, noting that locals even have watermelon tattoos.

“Wine, watermelon, sea and solar, … what extra may you need from life. Because it seems, nothing,” she writes.

“We imagine that the nation described in Katarzyna Łoza’s ebook will probably be reborn and peace will return to Ukraine,” say the publishers.Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

Kharkiv within the north, in the meantime, is described by Łoza as a Soviet Chicago. “I used to be enchanted by Kharkiv’s Artwork Nouveau, bolder than that of Lviv, and I wished to see the well-known Soviet skyscrapers of the Nineteen Twenties.”

Whereas she was there in 2014, she witnessed occasions that have been the precursor to the conflict right this moment.

“It was whereas we have been in Kharkiv that Russian troops invaded Crimea and there was an tried separatist coup within the metropolis. A few of our group have been scared out of their wits and wished to return to Lviv instantly. It was doubtless that the Crimean or Donbass eventualities can be repeated right here, and even that Russian tanks would enter Kharkiv, positioned some 40 kilometres from the border. Nonetheless, issues turned out in a different way,” she wrote.

A lot of Łoza’s consideration within the ebook is taken up by meals. “For a very long time, I believed that Ukrainian delicacies was not significantly attention-grabbing or unique. This was, in fact, earlier than I obtained to know the style of pickled watermelons, fish borscht and chilly sourdough bread,” she writes.

All proceeds from the sale of the ebook will probably be donated to the Polish Humanitarian Motion SOS UKRAINA.Katarzyna Łoza/Wydawnictwo Poznańskie

The dish most frequently related to Ukrainian delicacies is borscht, and Łoza is eager to level out how totally different it’s from the range she was used to in Poland

“Its preparation is predicated on recent beetroot, beef, cabbage and garlic, and sometimes, however not essentially, on meat inventory, tomatoes and beans. Particularly areas paprika, apples, beetroot sourdough, mushrooms, plums, strawberries, squash, aubergines, pork fats, and even fish, crayfish and honey are added. There isn’t a single conventional recipe and on the identical time everyone seems to be appropriate.”

With the conflict in Ukraine now in nearly its seventh week and thousands and thousands of refugees in Poland, the writer Wydawnictwo Poznańskie has determined that every one proceeds from the sale of the ebook will probably be donated to the Polish Humanitarian Motion SOS UKRAINA.

“We imagine that the nation described in Katarzyna Łoza’s ebook will probably be reborn and peace will return to Ukraine. Nonetheless distant this imaginative and prescient appears, once we are enveloped within the darkness of conflict, we should imagine in it,” the writer mentioned.

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