It was very special for me to spend a week in Ukraine. Both my parents were born in Ukraine and although I was born and brought up in London, we only spoke Ukrainian at home when I was a child. I don't suppose at the time my parents knew what an incredible gift they were giving me. Being bilingual opens up so much knowledge and a fabulous grounding in languages. Now when I travel in Easter Europe and former Yugoslavia I am amazed at how much I can understand and pick up.