Euro Cup 2012 - and TV fame for a local guide!

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Starting this weekend, Ukraine and Poland are co-hosting the 2012 Euro Cup. This will be the first time either nation has hosted the event, which lasts from June 8 – July 1st. Sixteen European countries will be playing for the prestigious football (soccer) prize: Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Portugal, Russia, Ireland, England, Sweden, Netherlands, Ukraine and Poland.

Back in May, we were approached by the popular BBC Travel Show, Fast Track, whose host was interested in talking with one of our local guides in Sevastopol, a city located in the co-host nation of Ukraine. The Fast Track crew was headed to Ukraine to film a few segments prior to the soccer madness that would soon descend on the nation.

Alex was happy to help out the crew. The show’s host, Keith Wallace, wanted to learn more about Alex’s interesting background, and how he became a popular local tour guide after years of serving in the Soviet Navy. By all accounts the day was a great success, and we’ll all get to see Alex on camera this weekend, when Fast Track is broadcasting their Ukraine travel show on the BBC WORLD NEWS channel (Saturdays 0430, 1230, 1930 and Sundays 0630 GMT).

If you’re like us in Vancouver, and don’t have access to this channel, no worries! BBC will be putting the show online early next week, and we’ll be sure to share the link on our Facebook Page. And while we’re waiting, we can start placing bets on which nation is going to end up on top of Euro 2012: will it be Spain (the defending champion)? The Netherlands and Germany also have strong teams. And of course Cristiano Ronaldo, disputably the hottest player on the planet, puts Portugal in contention.

We’re looking forward to seeing some of the world’s best soccer teams in action – and watching as Poland and Ukraine get a chance to showcase their cities as world-class destinations. First up: Warsaw, which hosts tonight’s opening game between Poland and Greece.
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