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What foreigners, who have never been to Odessa, think about this city
- Posted by: Redaktor
- Category: News
Odessa citizens are proud of their city and for good reason. Many foreigners who come here say that this is a city where they feel at home.
The citizens of Israel, China, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Russia and other countries answer the question “What do you know about Odessa?”
Lina, 26, marketing manager from Tel-Aviv, Israel
“Odessa is a beautiful city at the Black Sea. Previously, it was the biggest port city, now, probably, too. It is located in Ukraine, although before the revolution it belonged to the Russian Empire and was one of the largest cities. Of course, I, as a Jewess, am proud to say that, historically and to this day a large Jewish community lives in Odessa, there is a synagogue in the city center, a kosher restaurant. Earlier, before the revolution Jews regularly suffered from pogroms in Odessa. I think the last one was in 1918. The first thing with which I associate Odessa is a monument to the 12th chair, to be exact to Ilf and Petrov”.
Dale, 38, a chef from New York, lives in China
“Odessa is a big city in Ukraine, previously part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine gained independence in 1991, I remember how the Soviet Union collapsed. Eastern Europeans are very friendly people, they take care of their countries.”
Vladlen, 24, a lawyer from Minsk, Belarus
“I know that Odessa is a large port city on the coast of the Black Sea, with interesting architecture and good people. I have been planning to visit Odessa each year for the past four years, but my work does not allow to go there in summer. But this year I have to go, otherwise I’ll have to get a tattoo in the form of an anchor. I’ve got such a bargain with friends”.
Chris, 31, a musician. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Born in Brazil.
“I do not know what Odessa is, but I believe that it is a city. Yes, I think that this is a city the residents of which work in fields “.
Elena, 27, a bank employee from Moscow
“For me Odessa is a city in which I have never been, but I want to visit it. I would like to see the inhabitants of Odessa in person with their peculiar sense of humor, take a walk along the beach, have a ride in a cable car and generally enjoy the seaside nature. When people talk about Odessa, Utesov’s songs are playing in my head. I have such associations with Odessa – the famous Privoz, Deribasovskaya Street, Potemkin Stairs. I know that there is a monument to the 12th chair and the monument to a sailor’s wife – it looks like a monument to the sailors in Spain, and therefore memorable. And I think that there are a lot of places like ruins or catacombs in Odessa”
Enis, 30, a student. He lives in Nuremberg, Germany. Born in Istanbul.
“Odessa is a city by the sea in the south of Ukraine. I heard from one of my friends, that Odessa is a beautiful city. Since goods and food in restaurants are very cheap, I think that people there do not earn very much. I think that it is a city with about 100,000 residents.”.
Anna Peter, 45 years, director of the nursing home, Strehlen, Germany
“Odessa is a big city in southern Ukraine, near the Black Sea. President of Ukraine is Petro Poroshenko. Odessa is a nice city with plenty of museums, a beautiful city garden and the Dolphinarium. Its inhabitants are very friendly, I am very glad to meet them when I go to Sharm el-Sheikh”.
Lukas, 30 years old, works in the Ministry of Construction, in Warsaw
“The first associations are the sea, port, rich people, business, Saakashvili, Ukrainian community, the prospects for economic development. And I know not so much about the residents of Odessa.”
Rachel, 26, director of the English language school in Zurich, Switzerland. Born in the UK
“Odessa is located on the southern coast of Ukraine, and is popular with tourists. And there are very beautiful women there “