Galyna Tate in front of The Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet (the oldest theater in Odessa, Ukraine)

Galyna Tate was born in Ukraine, and now lives in the United States. She is a translator, freelance writer, and photographer, and has a degree in foreign languages. Together with her husband, they are developing the first ever visual and comprehensive personal finance software for Americans to finally get peace of mind about their money http://mymoneylandscape.com/


Galyna’s blog is about her experiences and observations in Ukraine, and much more. It will help you better understand Ukraine, its history, people, culture, traditions, and Ukrainian women. Please feel free to comment and share you ideas with Galyna and others.




All data and information provided on this site is for educational and informational purposes only. The site http://www.galynatate.wordpress.com makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currency or validity of any information on this site, and will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information. These are Galyna Tate’s thoughts, based on her experience, knowledge, and the research that she has done.


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  1. Found your most interesting blog on referral from Jackie Smith who met you aboard a cruise ship on Thanksgiving.

  2. Privetik : )

    blog prosto super!


  3. Thanks Galyna, for taking me to your beautiful country. I would possibly be there next summer doing my road trip across the Europe into Asia. Looking forward to reading your blogs, pics and colourful ideas 🙂

    • Thanks for posting!
      Summer is a great time to come to Ukraine! When you do, make sure you drive through the Carpathian Mountains first; while you are there go to Lviv in the western Ukraine; then go up north to Kyiv (capital of Ukraine); then drive south to Odessa; and after that make sure you check out the Crimean coast and the Black Sea.
      Let me know if you have any questions about my lovely country.

      • Thank you Galyna for your guidance. I shall be picking up the same route in the summer if all goes per plans. I admit it is a beautiful country 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by Gallivance to read Those Bodacious Baltic Beasties. We really enjoyed the Art Nouveau animals and are happy that you did too. And we really like your post on That Magic Spark. You provide fascinating insight to an interesting subject. Thanks for sharing it.
    All the Best, Terri and James Vance

  5. I wonder if you could answer a question for me? I’m seeing all sorts of answers to this online… what is the common name(s) for Grandmother and Grandfather in the Ukraine? Is it Babushka, Baba or both for grandmother? or are there others as well? I have Papa for grandfather but I don’t think that’s right? Oh, and the words for mother and father too, please? I’m working on a picture book manuscript that I would like to use the correct terms in. Thanks!

    • The most common names for grandmother are: babushka (Russian name), babusya, babulya, and baba (mainly used in Ukrainian). For grandfather: dedushka (in Russian), didus’, ded (grandpa in Russian), deed (in Ukrainian). Mother: mama, mamo, maty, matir, matusya. Father: bat’ko, tato, tatus’, papa (in Russian).

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