Until 1954, the Ukrainian city of Khmelnytskyi was known as Proskuriv. "The Former Proskuriv", as it is still resolutely called by many, is a city with a penchant for changing its name; when first founded, it was named Ploskyrivtsi. Despite its slowness to settle on a name, though, the city itself is a long-established cultural and administrative center and home to almost 300,000 people. Expats living in Khmelnytskyi can wander through the architecturally rich city center, take in the history of its museums and enjoy the lively restaurants and friendly atmosphere. A first trip around the center for any new expat living in Khmelnytskyi should take in the well-preserved Proskurivska Street and the Church of Nativity of the Virgin – which locals will tell you is the city's first stone building. This is also a great area for anyone who wants to get an authentic feeling of Ukrainian culture, food and hospitality. Interestingly, expats in Khmelnytskyi will find that Russian is commonly spoken alongside Ukrainian, a hint to the city's international links.
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While the city does have an airport, it is not currently served by charter flights, so unless expatriates moving to Khmelnytskyi have access to a private plane the nearest airport is in Kiev. From there it is possible to take a train or minibus on to Khmelnytskyi. The city's railway station is somewhat uninspiring (although Kiev's more than makes up for it) and expats moving to Khmelnytskyi by train will have to wait for the city's center to get a sense of what expat life in Khmelnytskyi will be like. Having said that, we have a good number of pieces on the InterNations website written by other expatriates, giving their experiences of life abroad. These are certainly worth browsing, as is the Expat Magazine. This collection of articles, also on the InterNations website, explores topics ranging from working abroad to expat finance and cross-cultural communication.
As a newly arrived expatriate working in Khmelnytskyi, you should find the pace of life relaxed and the local community friendly. The city is a welcoming one, with less tourists and so lower prices than Kiev, and is currently seeing investment in a number of new municipal and amenity projects. After hours, expats working in Khmelnytskyi can enjoy the city's many restaurants and buzzing bar scene. To get in touch with the local international community, you can contact other global minds and expats living in Khmelnytskyi through the InterNations website – our forum and private messages are a great way to organize a meet-up or get information on what's on in the city. You may even wish to contact local expatriates in Khmelnytskyi before you arrive, to really start off on the front foot.