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When in Ukraine, do as well-behaved foreign guests do.
If you are a Western man who is visiting Ukraine for the first time to meet his Ukrainian woman friend, you may find the entire experience confusing.
Old Fashioned Dating Customs One will find that most Ukrainian women, in Odessa and all other cities in Ukraine, are modern thinking, though they do follow some dating customs which may be considered old-fashioned by Western standards.
If there is a child in the house, it is appropriate to provide him/her with a small gift as well. - Flowers play a much more important role in Ukraine than they do in the West. If you meet your lady's family, be sure to bring flowers to her mother.Also, never buy yellow roses (can signal a decrease in feelings or the end of a relationship). - Ukrainian citizens do not share the altruistic "looks aren't important" mentality that has spread through the West. You will notice that on the street, people will look first at your clothes, then at your face.Ukrainian citizens do not share the altruistic "looks aren't important" mentality that has spread through the West. You will notice that on the street, people will look first at your clothes, then at your face. - Women in Ukraine do not consider it feminine to shake hands when they meet. - Usually, men and women do not hold hands in Ukraine when they walk together. Be sure you always offer your arm to your lady when you cross the street. Many Westerners are not accustomed to using public transportation systems and forget this courtesy. If you forget to do this, she may think you have no table manners. - One of the main reasons Ukrainian ladies are interested in Western men is that alcoholism runs as much as 50% among males in this part of the world, which causes them to be less than desirable husbands.Sure, you can never go wrong with a bottle of wine or a cake, but a gift that represents your home country would be greatly appreciated by your Ukrainian woman friend's family.Give your presents a little more thought than usual; don't just grab the first thing you see at the duty-free shop.
If geographic distance is a problem, consider a phone call.