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Introducing Transcarpathia

Most people are only likely to pass this way if entering or leaving Ukraine via neighbouring Hungary or Slovakia. This is a pity, as this corner of the world, where the Soviet Union once faded out and Europe took over, is a melting pot of Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Roma cultures and has a fascinating social mix. It's also the home of Ukraine's best red wines and most impenetrable dialects (locals claim to speak Transcarpathian). Transcarpathia is so far west that some old timers still set their clocks to Ukrainian time minus one hour, and it's this independent spirit that makes even Lviv seem a long way away, far beyond the high Carpathians.