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Jul 18, 2012 - Lwow - Kijow

Sroda 18 lipca - Lwow, Kijow Rano pochmurnie i deszczowo i dopiero okolo poludnia sie rozpogadza. Po sniadaniu w jednej z kawiarenek przechodze przez stare miasto i biore tramwaj nr. 7 na cmentarz Lyczakowski. Jest to jedna z najwaznieszych polskich nekropoli. Zaraz na poczĄtku, przy wejsciu, jest wiele grobow z okresu powstania listopadowego i styczniowego na tzw. Gorce Powstanczej. Dalej, w rogu cmentarza, jest slynny Cmentarz Orlat Lwowskich. Sa to groby Polakow walczacych o Lwow z sowieckim armia i ukrainskimi powstancami w latach...

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Jul 17, 2012 - Lwow

Wtorek 17 lipca - Przemysl, Lwow Okolo 10-tej juz jestem na dworcu PKS gdzie dosc regularnie odchodza busiki do Medyki / granica za 2 zl. Granice przechodze pieszo po dosc szczegolowej kontroli paszportowej. Mam przeciez tylko kanadyjski paszport bez stempli wjazdowych. Cale szczescie ze mam rowniez Polski dowod osobisty. Po ponad 1 km przejsciu na piechote z budynku kontroli Polskiej do Ukrainskiej jestem wreszcie na Ukrainie. Z granicy biore busik do Lwowa (cena 23 hry). Bus jest zapakowany do maksimum. Zreszta tak samo jak i poprzedni...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Concrete panoramas

In the last entry I said I was sticking to cities as I wasn't sure there would be accommodation in the smaller places. Well, I subsequently decided there would be hotels everywhere and attempted to take a country road for a more direct route. It was immediately apparent that small roads were simply not an option for cycling any distance. I got a puncture (first of the trip, incredibly) straight away, and reverted to using the scary highways only. It was the most difficult period of cycling I have ever done. I was racking up hundreds like...

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Reboot Tour 2011

Mar 4, 2010 - Lviv, Ukraine Mar 4-6

March 4 Okay so the train from Chernivtsi to Lviv was horrible, I swear that there were no tracks, and seriously is it possible for tracks to have potholes. Holy cow man it was a rough 12 hours and pretty much sleepless night, we wobbled, rocked squealed and made numerous stops, however there was a Doctor of Architecture in my car that spoke English, so it was nice to have some company.......let's see what the day holds now that I have arrived safe and sound in Lviv. Made my way to the Old Ukrainian Home Hostel that is run by 3 crazy guys,...

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Jun 9, 2009 - The Teen-Aged Girl and The Apologetic Father

Another story: I’m in Lviv trying to find a place to eat. The day began badly; stumbling out of my sleeper car at 0630 I wandered into an internet room at the train station. A guy comes up to me and aggressively asks me for 3 hryvna, I figure he’s some self-important donkey so I order a coffee and ignore him. I’m not sitting at the computers, after all. I need a map but I know I won’t find one this early on a Sunday. The cops come over and shake me down, at the request of the internet flunkie, inventing a passport “irregularity” in order to...

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Mick Outside the Box

Apr 14, 2009 - Small-town life in Vatutine

Hi everyone, It's been busy with the memorial campaign and a few other things that now i have time to go online. So since last time. I've been in service every day in Vatutine and getting to know this town pretty good. For the most part people in service are responsive. You do get the usual not interested or I'm orthodox but we've met people who have been reading their Bible and seem genuinely interested. Lots of good discussions we've had with people. I've been on lots of studies and that's been encouraging too. It seems almost a luxury to...

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Apr 2, 2009 - I took a train in Ukraine.....to Lvov

My first time on a train and overnight too. It was very exciting. A bethelite couple were beside us too so we had some company. Hard to get a good night's sleep but after 13 hours arrived in Lviv. Our hostess is a sister, Valentina, Ruth knew. Her apartment is so nice with a shower and washing machine. And her dog, Lolyk. We spent a day at Bethel which was really nice. I saw again Lois Didur from Canada. It's great to see someone you know in a place you don't know anyone. She still works at the Bethel here and is in the English group....

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Oct 22, 2008 - Lviving in Lviv

We took an overnight bus from Warsaw to Lviv, following a route that took us back through Krakow. Although we might have been more comfortable on the train, apparently the train can take hours to cross the border into Ukraine because of the cigarette smugglers and the facts that they have to change the wheels on the carriages. So we opted for a cold, uncomfortable and long night on a bus instead. It was very early in the morning and still dark when the bus dropped us off at a run down and deserted station on the outskirts of town. We had...

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Aug 21, 2008 - Final Day in Lviv

My final day in Lviv was devoted to exploring the mansions, churches and museums on the east side of town and making the strenuous climb up Castle Hill on the NE side of town. I don’t know how to express the variety, the quantity, the concentration and the excellence of the city’s architecture. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. The climb up Castle Hill winds through a pretty forested park. The hill has everything you could want except a castle. I gather that two fortifications that once existed on the hill were destroyed through the...

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Aug 19, 2008 - A Mystery Solved

When you are in NYC or many other cities in the world you will hear the rhythmic click of horseshoes on the pavement transporting tourists on carriage rides. Or, as the Neil Diamond song says, there is the clickity-clack of the railroad track. On my initial walk through Lviv last night and again today, my one good ear detected a similar phenomenon here. I finally determined that it was neither a horse nor the ancient trolley cars. Rather, it is the sound of hundreds of women walking on the brick and cobblestone streets in two to five inch...

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Aug 18, 2008 - Arrival in Lviv, Ukraine

We arrived on time in Vienna about 0830 this morning where I had a 5 hour layover before proceeding to Lviv, Ukraine. Vienna has some minor restrictions on smoking in its airport terminal but smoke from the restaurants and coffee shops pervades the other areas making it an unrefreshing place for a layover. However, the 5 hours passed and I was soon on a Tyrolean Airways flight to Lviv. The airport at Lviv has only 20 or so flights per day. The terminal is small, old and architecturally beautiful that I suppose would best be described as...

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Dec 12, 2007 - Berlin - Lviv (UCRANIA)

Me tome un bus de 19 horas a L'viv, en Ucrania. Primero preocupado porque estaba a las 11pm en la estacion de Berlin y el bus no aparecia. Felizmente despues de 40 minutos llego y partimos, pero nadie en el bus hablaba ingles, solo ucraniano! El bus estaba super comodo y no iba lleno, por lo que pude dormir bien. Atravesamos toda Polonia, llena de nieve, y finalmente llegamos a la frontera donde nos tomo casi 3 horas cruzarla. La mujer de imigracion ucraniana me miro 5 veces para compararme con la foto del pasaporte, me hizo pararme para...

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