With Stanfy we’ve been in the mobile business for over 4 years now. During this time we’ve seen lots of trends rise and fall, both on the market and in people’s heads. Among the highlights are – greater emphasis on value and better user experience, a clear separation of smartphone and tablet audiences and products for them, and most of all – mobile first. Nevertheless, Android still goes second! Either an established company or a startup which tests their idea with an MVP, business owners start with iPhone, sometimes iPad, and only then comes Android.
“Odesa has it’s own pace of life. We don’t really care about anybody else. We value good stuff. We enjoy the sea, the Sun and good food. Actually, Odesa is something like San Francisco in America. It’s not like any other city,” said my future boss, Odesa native.
In two weeks I moved to Odesa.
I will be honest: in winter it gets really-really cold in Kyiv. So, together with some outdoor activities on your to-do list, it’s important to have a safety plan that includes some nice cozy places to warm up. One of these should definitely be the art Gallery of Lavra.
Remember the last time you were at home relishing that tasty jam right away from a jar? Enjoyed it? Then you are most welcomed to the Banka fan bar, a conceptual democratic bar in Kyiv where everything, food and drinks, is served in traditional jars of glass (a jar is ‘banka’ in Ukrainian, and that’s where this place got its name from). Soups, sausages, and even desserts – everything here is served in cute glass jars which is, believe me, a totally new culinary experience.
If you ever visit Mamaeva Sloboda, you’ll find yourself in a traditional Ukrainian village with small houses, wooden churches, and windmills. Thus, this open-air park is a great place to dive into the history of Ukraine and experience the traditional Ukrainian life of 16-17th centuries. Especially, if you come over during spring or summer, the picture will be enhanced with the spectacular view of the rich green meadows, colorful water lilies on blue lakes, and many blooming trees.
Whether you are looking for that one cup of extra strong espresso, or a huge traditional American breakfast, or just a quiet place to work and dive into your laptop for a couple of hours, sooner or later the bumpy Kyiv roads will bring you to Aroma Espresso Bar.
Some time ago a trip to San Francisco has had a big impact on my life. Being in this beautiful city taught me to be more attentive to the world around me, to appreciate the city I live in and to notice what might not be seen from the first glance. That’s why, when I came back to Kyiv I was more than excited with an offer from Cityshare, a popular European travel startup, to write a blog about Kyiv.