Viktor77 wrote:I'm still going to try to go to Germany so that's a yay.
Also this will only work if I find a cheap flight, but has anyone here visited Moldova and have any recommendations? It seems like a place we could travel to once my partner has his papers and save a ton of money since it seems to be pretty cheap. Either Moldova or Ukraine. I think these are the cheapest countries in Europe.
Well, they're both engaged in civil wars, and Ukraine in particular has suffered from a large number of terrorist bombings (though this may have settled down a bit now?). But there's more of Ukraine that's a long way from the fighting, and many areas of Ukraine have long and storied histories, whereas Moldova is the postcommunist shithole that Romanians look down on, historically defined as the land that neither the Ottomans, the Romanians, nor the Ukrainians wanted to bother having [sorry, Moldovans!]
Moldova bloody well better be cheap. The IMF ranks its GDP per capita at 138 out of 184... it is only half as rich as East Timor... not that Ukraine is much better...
I guess it has a few notable Soviet buildings, though. And to be fair to Chisinau's history, it has been around since the middle ages. It's just that nothing ever happened there, other than the occasional massacre, and it was mostly rebuilt from scratch after WWII.
If I had to go on holiday to either country, I might be most interested by far western Ukraine. Lviv is a historical and cultural city; or there's the pretty little towns and attractive mountains/forests/lakes of the Carpathians. Chernivtsi has some beautiful architecture, and is a small city with some nice countryside nearby. Kamianets-Podilskyi is apparently also a big tourist centre, with lots of old buildings, some parks, a river and a number of festivals.
But of course, Kiev itself is one of the great cities of Europe, with plenty of history and architecture.