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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #60 on: October 21, 2007, 10:22:07 AM »
We arrive at Boryspol Airport and go through the usual check in procedures, we have about an hours wait, we takes some seats, next to us is a Pilot in all his regalia, drinking a large glass of Stella Artois,  :prophead: I am thinking I hope he is not our pilot, luckily he gets up and boards a plane to Donetsk, I still don’t know if he was actually flying it or just a passenger, but if he was just a passenger he was a little overdressed :) It is now our time to get the shuttle bus and this takes us out to a moth eaten plane sitting on the tarmac, I have been on these types of planes before, and I am prepared for it, the elastic bands driving the props are tightened, the loft ladder style access stairs are raised and the internal caravan doors are slammed shut and we are ready for take off ;)

We taxi down the runway, and with a large groan and an unnerving amount of vibration the plane just about leaves the ground, fighting the effects of gravity is definitely a task this old bird is struggling at. Our flight tickets say we should take 1hr 50 minutes, our captain says it will take 1hr 30minutes,  ‘I’ asks me why this is, I tell her it depends in which way the wind is blowing, she laughs and tells me ‘darling that is probably right, coming back will be much quicker for you if the wind is blowing in the right direction’ we both have a good laugh.  :laugh:

About an hour and 40 minutes later we circle Chernivsti International Airport, blimey, there is nothing that looks International about this place, it reminds me a bit of Karkhov International Airport, a Governmental type looking building with dilapidated runways and no other planes in sight, I say to ‘I’ there is not much happening here dear and she replies ‘no we only have one flight a day and only one plane’ then just as we get nearer we see amazingly a second plane, ‘I’ is delighted at that and tells me so ’darlink we have two planes now’ we land without too much trouble, the odd bounce here and there along the runway but I have had worse ;) the plane comes to a halt and we are al told to depart, we are not allowed to leave the perimeter of the plane and have to line up like a party of school children until she tells us we can march on to the terminal building. All of a sudden the flight stewardess says proshu and walks towards an old gate in a fence at the side of the terminal building, we then are told to stop and wait for our baggage, I turn round and see the most unusual airport transport I have ever seen,  ???  ::)  the baggage truck pulls up behind us and we all take off our bags.
 

Pictures of the Terminal Building and new fangled Baggage Truck  :happy0023:

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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #61 on: October 21, 2007, 10:50:00 AM »
What is wrong with the Antonov's?

It maybe using Elastic bands but it still flies  and is a safe aircraft... because it has it's wings at the top and can clide if somrthing goes wrong...  :'(

I see from day one she is calling you "Darling".... that is a very rapid progress..... :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:

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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #62 on: October 21, 2007, 10:55:50 AM »
What is wrong with the Antonov's?

It maybe using Elastic bands but it still flies  and is a safe aircraft... because it has it's wings at the top and can clide if somrthing goes wrong...  :'(
Well I have been up in a glider a few times, but never one that heavy  :saint: I prefer not to have to rely on its gliding capabalities  :o

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I see from day one she is calling you "Darling".... that is a very rapid progress..... :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:

Actually she was calling me that long before we met  :-X



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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #63 on: October 21, 2007, 04:49:30 PM »
I am loving this, please continue! (Since I bullied you into it!)

As Wiz said, I find so much in here that reminds me of my first trip to Russia, the way Olya got my lost bags delivered to her flat (after some shouting on the phone) yet they told me I must collect them from the airport 30/40 miles away, the Taxi drivers, we who have been, all know I think, and much of it, it strikes "home" with me.

Its nice to read about (what I feel) to be a proper genuine lady helping you and watching you guys getting closer as we read the tale.

I would need to go back several pages to quote what I see as "right" and "familiar" that you know anyway, but I see green flags all the way here. I hope we will be meeting this lady quite soon in England! She sounds like a keeper!
please tell me where I'm being / have been 'dishonest'? 
Yes, he said that.........

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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #64 on: October 21, 2007, 04:58:02 PM »
I am loving this, please continue! (Since I bullied you into it!)

As Wiz said, I find so much in here that reminds me of my first trip to Russia, the way Olya got my lost bags delivered to her flat (after some shouting on the phone) yet they told me I must collect them from the airport 30/40 miles away, the Taxi drivers, we who have been, all know I think, and much of it, it strikes "home" with me.

Its nice to read about (what I feel) to be a proper genuine lady helping you and watching you guys getting closer as we read the tale.

I would need to go back several pages to quote what I see as "right" and "familiar" that you know anyway, but I see green flags all the way here. I hope we will be meeting this lady quite soon in England! She sounds like a keeper!


Are you inviting yourself to the wedding bells??  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

The way Chris is writing now we know what the end will be........... :party0011: :party0031:

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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #65 on: October 21, 2007, 05:04:28 PM »
We know he is marrying her don't we?  :laugh: I hope in England, so we can go!  ;D

I like a wedding! Especially one where Wifey can speak Russian!  ;D

Chris is less than an hour away from us!  :-X

Chris is a proper nice guy, even Wifey likes him! (and that says something!)
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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #66 on: October 21, 2007, 05:14:47 PM »
We know he is marrying her don't we?  :laugh: I hope in England, so we can go!  ;D

I like a wedding! Especially one where wifey can speak Russian!  ;D

Chris is less than an hour away from us!  :-X

She is not Russian, she is from the Nationalistic West Ukraine so I bet she speaks Ukrainian.......and English only....Chris of course speaks Russian.....so you wil be able to communicate with him.... :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Oh for me is very far away.........5-6 hours.... :( :( :(

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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #67 on: October 22, 2007, 02:46:45 AM »
I am loving this, please continue! (Since I bullied you into it!)

As Wiz said, I find so much in here that reminds me of my first trip to Russia, the way Olya got my lost bags delivered to her flat (after some shouting on the phone) yet they told me I must collect them from the airport 30/40 miles away, the Taxi drivers, we who have been, all know I think, and much of it, it strikes "home" with me.

Its nice to read about (what I feel) to be a proper genuine lady helping you and watching you guys getting closer as we read the tale.

I would need to go back several pages to quote what I see as "right" and "familiar" that you know anyway, but I see green flags all the way here. I hope we will be meeting this lady quite soon in England! She sounds like a keeper!


Well where do I start, ok yes Stuart you bullied me into writing it, but actually I am glad you did, it is bringing back great memories even though they were only a few weeks ago.

Like you I have made many trips over to the FSU, but none have been as good as this one, everything was just perfect, I couldn't have wished for anything better and maybe later on in the story if I tell it, I have something to tell that made me cry, yes and before anyone says it for me, I am big enough and ugly enough to admit it.  :laugh:


She is certainly a keeper alright and my December/January trip will  am sure confirm things. Keep reading there is a lot more to come yet  :)

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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #68 on: October 22, 2007, 02:49:07 AM »
Are you inviting yourself to the wedding bells??  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

The way Chris is writing now we know what the end will be........... :party0011: :party0031:

How can you be so sure Wizzy!  :-X

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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #69 on: October 22, 2007, 02:53:52 AM »
She is not Russian, she is from the Nationalistic West Ukraine so I bet she speaks Ukrainian.......and English only....Chris of course speaks Russian.....so you wil be able to communicate with him.... :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Oh for me is very far away.........5-6 hours.... :( :( :(

She speaks Russian, Ukrainian and English fluently, but yes it is Ukrainian she speaks most of the time as she is from Western Ukraine and I could tell you some stories about why that is and why her mother is and became a staunch Ukrainian and only speaks Ukrainian, but it is too personal and very emotional for my lady if she happens to read this, so lets not go there.

However, I started to lean a little Ukrainian before I went, although the most used phrase you may think would be Dozhe Dyakuyu, but actually turned out to be Ya lublue tebe   ;) ;) nod nod wink wink  from both of us.


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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #70 on: October 22, 2007, 02:56:22 AM »
We know he is marrying her don't we?  :laugh: I hope in England, so we can go!  ;D

I like a wedding! Especially one where Wifey can speak Russian!  ;D
No comment  :)

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Far enough to keep out of your way  :laugh:

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Of course I am and I can assure you the feelings are mutual between myself and Olya  ;)
and oh go on then you big bully, I love you too  ::)


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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #71 on: October 22, 2007, 03:02:34 AM »
Outside there are a few taxis ‘I’ goes over to the first one and asks how much, he tells her 55 Grivnas, she laughs and walks off, telling him she is from this city and not a foreigner, the taxi driver takes the hump and gets in his car and drives of :) she tells me she will get it us a cab for around 20 Grivnas, I just stand in the middle of the road with the bags and let her go to work ;)  she waves me over, 18 Grivnas was agreed, little does he know he has just been done, she wants him to call at a number of stops on the way into the city :) we get in the taxi and call the apartment owner, after quite a long conversation she tells me it is bad news, the owner had been calling her for the last few days and could not get her, apparently the apartment she had taken all the trouble of booking was without water for 4 days, but the owner says she has booked us into a hotel instead.

Well I was not too happy about this but hey, it’s Ukraine, its normal :) then ‘I’ astounds me, she says she has a plan, she instructs the taxi driver to go to another destination, she wants to look at another hotel inn the city she knows, she gets out of the car and goes into to inspect the facilities, but it is no good as they only have a few nights free, so She comes back to the car and asks him to go set off again, I ask her are we going to the hotel the apartment owner booked now, she replies ’no dear, somewhere else’ well I don’t argue, afterall I have no idea where we are anyway :) we pull up at another hotel, she gets out and goes in again, bad news again they are full, but, they have another place nearer the city centre, so we are off to there now, the poor taxi driver has been royally shafted, but he is a nice guy and puts up with it, we arrive a few minutes later and she goes into the reception, just as she opens the door she bumps into a friend coming the other way ;) oh dear, she didn’t want everyone to know she was back in her city otherwise work would start to call her and want her to do things for them, anyway after a quick chat she goes inside and asks what the rates are and can we have a look at the apartment.

It turns out this is a great place and about the same price as the one we should have had anyway, but actually a bit nearer the city centre, so all in all a good result. Another bonus point for ‘I’ as she had the foresight to not take whats was being offered and decided to do a little market research at the expense of the poor taxi driver :) I paid the taxi man and off he went relatively happy, I then  paid for the apartment and we went to settle in, with my cases this time ;)

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This is the Hotel 'I' found through shear persistence ;), but in actual fact it is all split up into separate self contained apartments, ours is just across the courtyard which was great as we were on our own away from  the main building.

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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #72 on: October 22, 2007, 03:04:59 AM »
As soon as we had settled in it happened, 'I's' mobile started to ring, yes the lady she had bumped into in the hotel lobby had got on the blower to her friends and they wanted to know what she was doing back at home. Of course she was prepared and after a short conversation that was the last we heard from them, although later I was to be told she had been spotted out and about in her city with me :) and the questions would start not that she didn’t want people to know about us,  she was happy for family to know about me but wanted to keep her work colleagues out of her private life.

Following a quick shower and change we decide to go out for a meal and we take a 10 minute walk through the city centre to a nice German restaurant, it specialises in a number of nationalities meals along with typical Ukrainian fare. This is a nice place and we have a wonderful romantic meal with some nice wine. Then it is back to the apartment for a good rest.  ;)




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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #73 on: October 22, 2007, 03:06:16 AM »
The next day our first full day in Chernivsti, she once again has a full day planned for us, more short walks  :) first we set off for the University where her father is a senior lecturer, this is a very old and unique and very unusual collection of buildings.  First of all we visit the University Church where she shows me where her father worked many years earlier during soviet times when all the churches and cathedrals were closed and abandoned he father brought into the Ukraine one of the first computers and this was installed in the church, it actually helped that it was sited there because it meant the soviets left the church alone and so it was left undamaged. The funny thing about it was that the altar area where usually only priests are allowed to go was actually where the computer was housed and her father spent 15 years working in that building programming the computers and writing programmes for the many soviet projects and space programmes that were running at the time.  This was very interesting for both of us, as we were the only ones in there a lady approached us and asked what we wanted, ‘I’ told her I was from England and was interested in the church and the University, she said she would show us round, seconds later music started playing in the church and it all came to life :) she had taped choral music and the sound really made the atmosphere of the place. She explained  in Russian all about the history of the place ‘I’ translated it all for me. The lady was amazed to hear ‘I’ used to play in this church as a child while her father worked on his computer programming.

We left the church and went out side into the University grounds and the lady continued to tell me all about the unusual buildings with their very unique tiled roofs,  She lead us into the main building and proceeded to tell us all about the history of the place and had with her a big bunch of keys and was opening doors all over the place so we could look into the rooms. I have no idea if this was an official tour or not, but I was not complaining. We spent a good couple of hours in this place and it was a great way to start my time in Chernivsti.


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Re: My Next Adventure in Ukraine!
« Reply #74 on: October 22, 2007, 03:10:01 AM »
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