The birth of a child is a miracle that is awaited with trembling and anxiety. The joy of the soon appearance of the baby in this world is closely intertwined with the excitement of the birth itself.  Parents-to-be are worried about how and where to give birth and if a couple is foreigners in Ukraine, then their excitement, as a rule, is multiplied by several times, and very often reasonably.

At the beginning of March, Kyiv art space D12 hosted an exhibition dedicated to Swiss Graphic Design. Visitors explored intricate works of Werner Jeker, an award-winning graphic designer, whose works are exhibited in the MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York. Another part of the exhibition was dedicated to a design studio Balmer Hählen — renowned winners of “100 Beste Plakate” contest, which determines 100 best posters of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Destinations met with the artists to talk job specifics, future plans, and impressions of Ukraine.

Catherine Gfeller is a world-famous artist and photographer. Last May she visited Kyiv to work on her art project "Voices in Kyiv" to be presented at the Shevchenko National Museum in March-April 2018. Catherine Gfeller created a unique multimedia portrait of Kyiv, bringing together its present and past, traces of war and fragile peace, tragedy and hope.

A pioneer of post-Soviet Era of Real Estate market in Ukraine, Terry Pickard founded his company way back in 1992. During those 25 years, Pickard Real Estate & Asset Services has opened a line of specialized divisions, offering services in brokerage, leasing, and property management. Sure enough, Mr. Pickard faced multiple challenges of opening and sustaining business in a foreign country, yet he managed not only to overcome those, but find one more passion in his life. By founding The Connoisseur Club, Terry Pickard gathered fans of exquisite fine dining, who review various cuisine restaurants in Kyiv. Now he shares his challenges and achivements while living in Ukraine as well as his expectations about the future.

A lawyer, writer, journalist, public activist and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Larysa Denysenko, never gets tired of pleasing the fans of her numerous talents, both in Ukraine and abroad, with her roaring success. Let's find out more about her.

We met with Olga Businello in Kyiv after her long day of flights, but, nevertheless, her eyes were shining and her smile sincerely welcomed me. It was her first visit to Ukraine. This strong and at the same time tender woman is the Manager of a huge Valpolicella wine consortium, that includes more than 2000 wineries and production companies  famous all over the world with its Amarone wine. She was the first lady in Italy and in Europe who got that high position. Daily challenges made her the highly professional manager of a serious business. And today this wonderful woman discovers Ukraine.

Valerie Stulikova, the president of IWCK (International Women's Club in Kyiv) and one of the organizers of the Charity Bazar in Kyiv, shares her impressions about Ukraine, expat community in Kyiv and her expectations about the future of this country.

A third-generation musician, beautiful, charismatic and incredibly talented, Oksana Lyniv won recognition as a conductor with the demanding and discerning audience in Europe. In Germany, which has a true cult of music, Oksana Lyniv was recognised as an outstanding conductor and awarded the Star of the Year 2015 title.»

2017 is the year of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Switzerland. On this very occasion we’ve met with the Ambassador of Switzerland in Ukraine Mr. Guillaume Scheurer.

Konstantin Skrytutsky is the sculptor, the author of over thirty works in Kyiv, the member of the Union of Designers of Ukraine. His artworks can be seen not only in Kyiv, but as well in France, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Crimea and in private collections. Konstantin tells us how the famous "Hedgehog in the fog" has appeared in the city center, what the modern Kyiv lacks and how the ideas for new creations are born.

"I am Cuban, I left Cuba only on political reasons 16 years ago. So I went to the USA, Miami. I was there for 3-4 years and then I was working in Holland for short period of time. It was my first touch of Europe. In Europe you work to live, in America you live to work. I am not afraid of working, but once a moment comes when you say: “Why?” So I decided to come to Ukraine..." This is how Nelson's story begins, the Cuban man who lives in Kyiv and runs Habana club, singing passionate songs and making friendship with Ukrainians. He shares his perception of this country comparing it to Cuba.

The Ukrainian opera diva, the soloist of the Vienna Opera House Zoryana Kushpler, who has conquered the stages of New York, London, Prague, Madrid, Cologne, Paris, Bern, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo speaks about her native lviv, famous partners and the work-life balance.

Elizaveta Yurusheva, General Manager of Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, Riviera boutique hotel, VOGUE Café Kyiv, the founder of "Obyrayemo maybutne razom” (Eng. Choose the future together) Charity Fund and www.23-59.com.ua web shares with us her vision of hospitality business in Ukraine and horizons of country development.

Being the Country Manager of Fryday Ukraine, an international networking of business professionals responsible for organizing for more than 100 events per year in the country, Mr. Sam Kearley has witnessed many changes here in Ukraine. Nevertheless Kyiv has become his home.

Hector Jimenez-Bravo does not need to be introduced to Ukrainian audience. He is the TV star, great chef and successful businessman who has been living in Kiev for 4 years already. “Destinations” asked Hector about his recipe for success.

"Griffin" was founded in 1995 by two Ukrainian businessmen Vitaly Opanasyuk and Vyacheslav Reutsky. The line of cleaning services was launched in 1999, and in 2007 the Ukrainian multiservice company "Impel Griffin Group" was established. Having joined the Polish company Impel SA, "Griffin" went to the Polish stock exchange. Now “Impel Griffin” is one of the leaders in the Ukrainian market among multiservice companies. Vitaly and Vyacheslav have been successfully working in the Ukrainian market for more than 20 years, developing various directions of the company; the company successfully survived several economic and political crises in the country and set up the highest international standards of development for Ukrainian business.

Rezidor Hotel Group with its Radisson Blu chain over the world is famous with modern approach to high level service and comfort for the guests. Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel is not the exception. This summer the hotel gets the new general manager Carlo Khalife, with whom we’ve met while his stay in Kyiv.

Destinations met the charming Ukrainian ladies who set up a new brand of clothes and accessories, which got recognizable in a short time and won the love of the women half of the country. We learned first-hand all about Couture de Fleur, the secrets of the success of those talented women and about the collections-to-come.

Catherine Gfeller is world famous artist, photographer and charming lady. Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, she currently lives and works in Paris and southern France after having lived in New York from 1995 to 1999. Catherine has exhibited extensively in Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Chile, Canada, the United States and South Africa. Her works are in private and public collections all over the world. She regularly takes part in Art Fairs, such as ArtBasel, Kunst Zurich, Armory Show, la Fiac, Ljubjana Biennale and Art Bruxelles. This May she’s visited Kyiv preparing her future art project which will be presented in December 2017 in this city. We met with charming Catherine for a cup of coffee on a great sunny day in the very downtown of Kyiv.

Dr. Christoph Späti, Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine and Moldova, has been living in Kyiv for a couple of years already with his wife Tamar and their three children. Tamar and Christoph surprised me by telling me that it was their preferred choice to come to live to Ukraine. Why did they make such a decision and are they still happy living in the biggest country of Eastern Europe where political, economic and social changes are taking place?

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