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Sep 19, 2018 - A free day in Odessa

It was nice to be able to sleep in a bit today. Check out was at 11 but since we are spending the day in Odessa and taking the night train, Dris had booked 2 rooms as day rooms for us to use. We had breakfast and then Jef and Glen went out to find a SIM card for their cellphones. At 11, we dropped our backpacks off in one of the day rooms and walked down to the Black Sea, about a mile from our hotel, down a steep hill (why is everything so steep in these countries??). It was a lovely day and plenty of people were on the beach and in the...

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Sep 18, 2018 - Odessa & the Black Sea

Time to leave the thriving country of Transnistria and head to our last country, Ukraine. We all met in the lobby of the hotel at 9:30, packed and ready to taxi to the local bus station for our bus ride to Odessa. Remembering our last foray using separate taxis to get somewhere (Bucharest, where we lost 3 people for an hour), we got in with trepidation but it was a fairly short, direct distance so we all arrived. Dris had reserved seats for us on a public transportation bus--the good: it was bigger than the 20 passenger bus we'd used from...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Rund Schwarzes Meer: Yalta-Sevastopol-Odessa (Ukraine)

Das Empfangskomitee besteht aus drei Uniformierten sowie aus einer etwas abseits stehenden jungen Dame. Nach einem Telefonat mit dem von uns für die Einklarierung in die Ukraine im Voraus beauftragen Agenten erfahren wir, dass besagte junge Dame namens Olga die Formalitäten erledigen wird. Wir übergeben alle verlangten Dokumente an Olga und verbringen die nächsten zwei Stunden gut bewacht am Quai. Für das Ein- und Ausklarieren wird in der Ukraine nämlich zwingend ein Agent verlangt. Olga kommt später mit etwa zehn ausgefüllten Formularen in...

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May 25, 2011 - Helpful folks en route to the Black Sea

After reaching Moldova, I needed to take another short cut along a rural road, but signage was lacking. I found the road, but wasn't sure it was the right one so I stopped the first pedestrian I saw. She didn't speak English, but phoned a friend and a minute later a woman emerged from a nearby house and confirmed the route. People are so helpful. It was another rough track and saved a few miles but probably not any time. After 60 miles I reached Calarasi, the first proper town, and found a bank. A young woman there spoke English and said...

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Reboot Tour 2011

Sep 2, 2008 - Odessa

At 0900 I began another extensive city walk working my way up to the southern reaches of the city. A beautiful 1905 train station and a lively city market form the southern end of the city center. During the walk I didn’t see anything, yet I saw everything. Dozens of cultures blend together here, mostly Caucasian and mostly Christian. The rich and poor mingle seamlessly. One block will be shabby, the next consummately restored. Large shade trees line parks and promenades. The beggars are mostly older women, some pitifully destitute. There...

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Sep 1, 2008 - Odessa

We pulled into the sprawling port of Odessa about 1100 anchoring at the passenger terminal just across the road and below the Potemkim Steps. The legendary Steps are not visible from the port but they are among the first things you see on the way out of the port. It turns out that tomorrow is the 400th anniversary of the birth of the city of Odessa. The city is alive with preparations for the holiday – the erection of an 8 storey tall stage for a rock concert. The stage is on scaffolding which is, in turn, above the roof of an Audi car...

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Jul 21, 2006 - Odessa---Ukrane

After an initial few days in Kiev I headed south on an overnight train to Odessa on the Black Sea. A beach city with grand tree lines streets and playground for former Soviet kingpins and before them for the royal families of the 9th through 18th century , including Catherine the Great. It's primary a resort town on the Black Sea and caters to the rich and famous. Hotels here can cost $180 a night. Iam a hostel which just opened called Blackseabackpackers hostel by two Australian brothers and it was full every night.It is Odessa's first...

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