A Ukrainian woman who moved to New York City shares her biggest surprise about living in America

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Daria Sokol (left), who immigrated to the United States from Ukraine in 2013.@tinasokolovskaya, donvictorio/Getty Images

  • Daria Sokol, a travel blogger from Ukraine, has lived in the United States since 2013.

  • Sokol said his first impression of New York City is comparable to a “horror movie.”

  • However, she said she found Americans to be friendlier than Ukrainian people.

Ukrainian travel blogger Daria Sokol, who lives in New York City, told Insider that her “terrifying first impression” of New York City was very different from her current perception.

Originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sokol said he first moved to the United States in 2013 for a study abroad program in Washington, DC. The 29-year-old said she saw New York for the first time when she flew to JFK airport and transferred to her bus to DC. The insider thought she was as beautiful as she had seen in American movies, but some areas on the outskirts of the city were dirtier than she expected.

That didn’t deter her, and Sokol moved to New York in 2019.

She currently works as a Technical Account Manager and posts travel content. 20,000 followers on Instagram at her leisure.

She told Insider that she loves New York right now. And in May she got married at top of the rock She wanted to be surrounded by the city’s iconic buildings.

But she had many surprises about life in America, and life in New York along the way.

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Dahlia and Anton got married at Top of the Rock with a general admission ticket.@ivanshatokhin

Sokol said New York looked like a ‘horror movie’ when she first arrived

Sokol told Insider that she was surprised by the bad weather and the amount of trash she witnessed on the bus from New York to DC.

“It was like a horror movie,” Sokol said. “It was raining heavily, thunderstorms, pouring rain. The streets were very dirty, there was garbage everywhere. It looked very bad.”

“Where’s the beauty of New York?”

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People walk past a pile of trash in Brooklyn in 2017.Epic/Getty Images)

Sokol is from Kharkov, Ukraine’s second largest city, known for its commitment to sustainability.Before Russia invaded Ukraine, the city was Join the EBRD Green City Initiativewas set up to enable European cities to address environmental needs such as solid waste management, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The city’s population is about 1.5 million.

Sokol said she returned to New York the following year and acknowledged that with each visit, seeing new places like her favorite place, Central Park, and gaining more experience, New York grew on her. She finally decided to move to the city.

According to Sokol, people in the US are friendlier than in Ukraine

Sokol said one of his favorite things about America is the friendly people.

“People smile more,” she said, comparing Americans and Ukrainians. In Ukraine, the proportion is not so good. ”

She added that the United States has a culture of encouragement and positivity that is not common in other countries.

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Daria and her husband Anton in New York.@Tina Sokolovskaya

“I would walk down the street and a woman would say, ‘Oh, I love your shoes, they’re so beautiful,'” Sokol said. “And in Ukraine, no one told me that.”

“Now I really like this culture of encouragement,” she added.

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