During my gap year in Odessa, Ukraine in 1995/96, my fellow student and I travelled to Lviv for a weekend, an incredibly beautiful city to which I would dearly love to return.
It's disappointing that I didn't write more in my journal, something of which I still don't do enough!. And were it nowadays I would, of course, have taken many more photos that I did. Of the whole trip, these are all the photos. Still, at least I have these, right?!
18 April 1996
I left for L'viv with D. Tickets cost 25 dollars each - bumped big style. We got a купе (four-bed berth) with a father and son from Odessa. It was dead heavy at first as nobody would speak and D was para, man. It turned out good though. The kid even said my Russian was good. Cheers kid! We played cards. It was bloody hot.
We arrived in L'viv at 9:30 am, ate in a park then got into the Hotel L'viv for $10 per night. The city is incredible and the weather was bloody hot as well. We met Helen in the street - mental or what! We bought our return tickets on Friday - $15 for люкс (two-bed berth). Helen payed 800k for a купе. I saw a champion Ukrainian shirt I wanted for $100, but couldn't get any money with my Visa as the banks were all shut. Eventually I got money at the Dnistr Hotel then we went to a concert of organ music in a church. It was no bad. I went back to the market where the old wifey was packing up and said she had sold the shirt anyway. Piss. I ended up getting a dress, which I can cut. It was $35. I also got a shirt for Scott and a wee dress for Nicole (nephew and niece).
We had a choice meal in the Grand Hotel for $10 at night. We should've stayed at the George Hotel.
Had a couple of beers at night.
We got a люкс back to Odessa, just the two of us in a wee cabin. Good sunset.
Arrived back in Odessa at the back of 10 this morning.