Ukraine - Sept 14 - Oct 13 - 2006 travel blog

Train Station - Waiting For The Attendant Who Just Felt Like Running...

While Waiting I Jump Into This Locomotive Working In The Train Yard...

Driving Thru Buchach - Scenic as Most of the Streets Flow Downward...

More of Buchach And Its Sloping Streets - Its About 35 kms...

A New Church Along Our Route Just Being Built. The New Replace...

Driving Back To Koropiec. This Is Typical Of Locals Along The Road...

This Rolling Scenery Is Everywhere You Look - Very Scenic And Beautiful...

The Road is Quite Smooth But Can Break Down Quickly Into 5...


We needed to go into Buchach, about a 45 minute car drive to purchase our train billets to Melitopol in Eastern Ukraine east of Odessa. So we hired a local chauffeur with his own car to drive us in. The train station is tended to by a single person, who closed down to run some personal errands, little did we know. We went into the adjacent room, what appeared like the trainmasters office. We spoke with him for awhile and were to find out tomorrow, that this casual formality would help us tomorrow as he places us at the front of the line. We waited for nearly 2 hours, then call it quits and drive back empty handed. As we drive back you can see the gently rolling landscape scattered throughout. The road is just wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass with no shoulder. There are always people along the road walking their cow to/from the pasture. Seeing a small horse drawn wagon is very common and both vehicles and wagons learn to share the roadway. This is their way of life. You just get going on a good clip of 70 km/hr until you have to slow down to 10 kms/hr for a menagerie of potholes which would rip the underside off most Lada's. While waiting, I see a locomotive switching in the yard, hooking up to a crane. I walk up for some close up pics, then decide this "ignorant tourist" should just invite himself into the locomotive, something one cannot do in the west. So I did. The 2 engineer's inside didn't seem to mind. I thanked them and jumped off.

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