Upon discovering her Soviet background, Julia Nalivaiko’s friends often ask, “What’s it like over there?”. To answer, she travels to Russian and Ukraine in an attempt to better understand the country she left behind as a child. Explore the curious and colourful former Soviet Union through this 7-part series of laughter, reunions and furry hats.
Julia explores the USSR's origin in the city formerly known as Leningrad, which was the site of the October Revolution, and also discovers St Petersburg's musical side.
Julia explores the challenges of doing business in post-Soviet Moscow, and visits Russia's weekend retreat - the dacha.
Julia learns about the Orange Revolution and the ongoing social issues in Ukraine.
Julia visits a monastery famous for its artists-in-residence, and learns about the changing role of women in Ukrainian society.
Julia discovers Ukraine's traditional culture, and revisits her own origins.
Julia explores Kherson, a town in regional Ukraine still largely unchanged since Soviet times, then visits tourist playground Odessa.