Accountant and Ukraine Destination Expert
Kateryna was excellent in that she kept in touch with me for many months exchanging ideas and making the best plans. She was also there for us at the airport even though the plane was 2 hours late. She was available several times by email with quick responses.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kateryna moved to Kiev more than two decades ago. During that time, she's lived many lives, using her Master's degrees in law and philology to work as a lawyer and translator, and finding the time to sail around the world, including from Kiev to ports along the East Coast of the US for a sailing festival. Kateryna has visited more than forty countries, many over the past nine years with her daughter. She even brought her daughter on an 8,000 kilometer trip from Kiev to Barcelona, with stops from Hungary to Andorra along the way! Before coming to us, Kateryna had already planned hundreds of trips all around the world, so she came to the company with an impressive amount of experience and knowledge, which she is more than happy to share with our clients.
Why do you think it's important to travel?
It’s like reading a book or learning something new: I see how my daughter grows with every new trip and I am sure I do as well. Travel means going out of your comfort zone and finding something new and it could become a very important part of your life.
What's the best place you've ever visited and why?
In Europe it’s Barcelona and Nice. I am in love with these two cities and I feel at home there. Overseas it’s Cuba, because Latin dance is one of my passions.
Best experiences from your travels?
Dancing salsa on Bacunayagua at a sunset roof party with our AirBnb host in Barcelona, or crossing the Atlantic Ocean, or playing Bach on an organ in Nice… there are so many of them.
What was the most exotic dining or cultural experience you've had when traveling?
My first paella in Spain, yucca in Cuba, lobsters in the USA, and the fireworks music show in Marseille for Bastille Day.
Planes, trains, or automobiles? How do you like to travel and why?
It depends. Last year I made an 8,000-km trip from Kyiv, Ukraine to Barcelona, Spain. In 2000 I sailed from Kyiv to the USA and Canada. Travel by plane is the easiest, but often not the most interesting, because you miss many things on the way.