Kyiv 2018: Happy New Year in a Mountain Valley

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When peo­ple first think of the Carpathi­an moun­tains, usu­al­ly Roma­nia and Drac­u­la come to their mind. How­ev­er, the Carpathi­ans also stretch to Ukraine – and that’s where AEGEE-Kyiv took the par­tic­i­pants of their New Year’s event “AC/TCAEGEE Comes To Carpathi­ans”, which start­ed on the 27th of Decem­ber 2017 and end­ed on the 4th of Jan­u­ary 2018. The par­tic­i­pants and organ­is­ers had a cosy time in a moun­tain val­ley with a breath­tak­ing view – and also learnt a lot about rur­al life in West­ern Ukraine. Of course, also oth­er activ­i­ties such as ski­ing, a sauna par­ty and horse­back rid­ing were great high­lights, as Alya Vykhodt­se­va, main coor­di­na­tor of the New Year’s event of AEGEE-Kyiv, told the Gold­en Times.

Alya Vykhodtseva
Alya Vykhodt­se­va

Gold­en Times: How many par­tic­i­pants did you have?
Alya Vykhodt­se­va: We had 13 par­tic­i­pants from 9 coun­tries, and what’s the best about it — these were not only Euro­pean coun­tries, but even India and USA! There were also 13 organ­is­ers, so togeth­er we had quite a large com­pa­ny.

GT: Did your New Year’s event have a theme?
Alya: Yes, we want­ed to show our guests the best of Ukrain­ian cul­ture, espe­cial­ly every­thing relat­ed to New Year and Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion. That’s actu­al­ly why a large part of the New Year’s event took place in the Carpathi­ans — we decid­ed to dis­play the most inter­est­ing things of rur­al life; small vil­lages and places you won’t see in big Ukrain­ian cities.

New Year in the Carpathi­ans

GT: How was your new year’s par­ty?
Alya: Quite relaxed, like the event in gen­er­al. When we were only think­ing about organ­is­ing it, our team decid­ed to make New Year’s eve chilly, calm, relaxed and cosy. It also has some­thing to do with the name AC/TC: the event had to be nice and warm, just as old music every­body loves, but also with quite a bit of rock’n’roll! The Carpathi­an part, which includ­ed the New Year cel­e­bra­tion, was the most relaxed part of the event. The cel­e­bra­tion itself was also fam­i­ly-like, in a wood­en house in the moun­tains, with home­made food, games and play­ing the gui­tar.

GT: What were the oth­er pro­gramme high­lights?
Alya: Those high­lights would be the sauna par­ty we had in the Carpathi­ans with jump­ing in the freez­ing riv­er after the sauna, ski­ing in the biggest ski resort of Ukraine and horse-rid­ing.

GT: What were the fun­ni­est or most excit­ing moments?
Alya: There were quite some of them, but the one I would think about first is the Euro­pean Night. We were par­ty­ing long, until five in the morn­ing. At four a.m. one of our Ital­ian par­tic­i­pants cooked pas­ta for every­one who stayed awake — by the way, the best pas­ta I have ever tried! That was some­thing real­ly amaz­ing and it felt like some real fam­i­ly night. Also I remem­ber how our par­tic­i­pants were amazed in the first morn­ing in the Carpathi­ans. We arrived there in the evening so when we woke up next morn­ing it turned out we are in a beau­ti­ful val­ley with a breath­tak­ing view. Of course, every­one was impressed.

GT: How was the group of par­tic­i­pants?
Alya: Total­ly amaz­ing. We had a great group with a nice gen­der and nation­al bal­ance and every par­tic­i­pant added some­thing amaz­ing to the spir­it of the event. I’d even dare to say it was the best group of par­tic­i­pants I’ve ever seen on events!

GT: Any­thing you would like to add?
Alya: Our whole team is thank­ful to every­one who par­tic­i­pat­ed in it — guys, you are the best! Also as the main coor­di­na­tor I want to thank all the orga­niz­ers who did a great job togeth­er. More cool events from AEGEE-Kyiv are com­ing, so I would want to meet every­one who was with us again and again!

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