Beauty in Crimea

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In 2012, I went on my first overseas mission trip to Ukraine. We taught English at a two-week Christian VBS camp in the Crimean Peninsula off the coast of the Black Sea. Sevastopol was absolutely breathtaking with its unique mixture of Islamic and Russian heritage. From beautiful Mosques to Stalin’s summer palace, we were able to glimpse the dichotomy of their culture. At the time, I wondered why this wasn’t more of a backpacker’s destination and I felt that with time, it probably would be. However, over the last three years, Ukraine has been under a lot of strain, though I won’t pretend to know the full extent of the conflict between them and Russia as I haven’t really been keeping up with it. Though with that strain, travel and tourism has become fraught with uncertainty, which is truly unfortunate. I will always treasure the time I spent there and the people I met.