Justin Vela

Thinking About Ukraine…

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Andre, 24, plays a mouth harp amid the ruins of Chersonessus, the 2,500 year old Greek city outside of Sevastopol, Ukraine.

Andre, 24, plays a mouth harp amid the ruins of Chersonessus, the 2,500 year old Greek city outside of Sevastopol, Ukraine.

New Delhi-Memory, they say, is the writer’s most crucial tool.

That and a sturdy notebook.

I’ve just spent the past day reworking and adding to an article I wrote on Ukraine several months ago. The original article was fairly academic in nature. This article, done for Delhi’s Caravan magazine, is more of a travel story.

Revisiting the story made me want to return to this “borderland” country, as I call it in the story. It also has me interested in a subject that will only become more and more necessary to learn about in the 21st century. That is the idea of cultures forming enclaves and communities that transcend normal regional boundaries.

In the next few weeks I will be drafting story proposals for around the January 2010 Ukrainian presidential election. This election will serve as yet another sparring match between Russia and the West. With a little luck I’ll be there to cover it. It will give me a chance to look more closely at culture and ethnicity and how they are reshaping the map.

See my photos by clicking here.

Sevastopol – Images by Justin Vela

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Written by Justin Vela

July 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

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