Kharkiv is a big beautiful city in the eastern part of Ukraine. It is the second largest city in Ukraine and it was a capital of Ukraine.
First of all Kharkiv is really a very unique city. And if you want to know about the real life in Kharkiv just imagine a big, huge market and you might understand what atmosphere you will find there.
As it was always located on the crossing of many roads and it was a merchant city from its foundation and later University City. That is reflected in common attitude of people who live there.
Therefore they usually display acceptance and tolerance to other cultures. People are friendly and open to communication. More than 40 universities there are in Kharkov and more than 12000 foreign students. And you find a lot of clubs and entertainments in Kharkiv. In addition the cost of living is cheaper than in Kiev. There are a lot of restaurants and small cafes everywhere. Waking around in center you and just take coffee and go and feel like in New York City.
Beside that you will enjoy for sure public transportation in Kharkiv especially its subway: reliable, fast and cheap and you can reach almost everywhere.
In addition if you are a native speaker of English, German, French or Spanish you will easily a teaching job in Kharkiv because of hundred language school in Kharkiv and many young students who want to learn language.
Moreover because of politic in Soviet Union that was directed to displace Ukrainian language with Russian majority of inhabitans use Russian in everyday life although understand Ukrainian well. If you go outside the city in villages people use Ukrainian or special mix of Russian and Ukrainian language (they call it “surgik”).
In fact, although most signs here are in Ukrainian but some in English as well. You will face with some challenges if you don’t speak Russian or Ukrainian because not so many people in Ukraine speak English.
It’s easy to find new adventures around every corner. The city is old and modern simultaneously.