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Ukraine - Chernivsti

We walked to the bus station in Kolomiya in the rain, bought our tickets on the bumpy-bus and rode to Chernivsti. The route was through more small villages and farmland, very interesting. People we out in their fields cleaning up after the summer harvests. The Cheernivsti bus station is on the edge of town so we took a taxi after getting off the bus. The driver asked in Ukranian where we wanted to go and we pointed to the TI addrress in the guidebook. Off we went but he couldn't find the address. My wife ran into a young woman who was an off duty fire dispatcher and she led us to it. the staff easily found us a hotel, about ten minutes walking distance from there. Nice, no English, breakfast, botique. The city was Romanian for a long time until the end of WWII. A young friend of ours from Bucuresti and her boyfriend came up and we were able to visit over several days. The people on the street were likely to look a person in the eye, smile, nod their head. In the museum of ethnology we began visiting with a young couple who had a baby. He is a doctor in the army. We saw him again the next day on the main pedestrian street. He was adament we see Chernivsti University so we did, and what a neat place that is. We also visited more churches and museums. Our friends from Romania left, we walked to the train station and bought tickets for a night train to Odessa, walked back to the TI and had someone there translate the ticket. The next day we were on our way to Odessa.

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