How do Ukrainians drink vodka

Trip Start Nov 24, 2006
1
15
44
Trip End Jun 28, 2008


Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines
shadow

Flag of Ukraine  ,
Monday, April 30, 2007

ENGLISH:
We were going to meet Ania S. in front of the railway station in Lviv, because I was told we`d stop there.When me and Sarah got off the coach, our first thought was: "Where are the trains??" Then we realized that yes, we did go to station, but it was the coach one! I wrote a message to Ania with hope she`d have known where the "Stryjski" coach station was.
About half an hour later Sarah couldn`t be bothered to wait for any longer and called Ania. She was on the way. Even 5 minutes didn`t pass when we saw Ania running towards us. We capped with each other and then we noticed 2 boys following her. It was Andrei and Andrei - one was a cousin of Ania, and another one was a friend of the cousin.
The guys took our backpacks and we weren`t even protesting too much as they were heavy as hell. We had to come up to bus stop a little distance so we could get to Andrei`s appartment.
One of first things we noticed in Lviv was troleybus, or rather hundreds of troleybuses. It was something like bus-tram - a bus on wheels with tram cabels on the top. I had heard about something like that in my childhood but never saw it myself. This time we took a mini bus though, which is very popular in whole Ukraine. At Andrei`s appartment - typical boys flat - we could refresh, then we ate a dinner altogether and we went sightseeing.
It`s incredible, but Lviv has monument next to monument next to monument! It was just amazing - I couldn`t help but I had to say it was even more beautiful than Krakow! Also, we couldn`t have had a better travel guide. Andrei - non-cousin, was a student of Design and knew a history of every single building in Lviv. We could see passion in his eyes, in his expression. He was so sweet! Besides, he was pretty happy to have spoken English with us. I had a long conversation with him about secession, that I had written an essay about just a few days before. We saw so many places on that day that it`s hard to mention all of them. I think I liked the Armenian church the most but pretty much I was under impression of everything what I saw that day. In the end of that day we climbed up a hill to admire the panorama of Lviv. When it was about the sunset, we climbed down to look for a restaurant for a dinner.
In the restaurant, we asked boys to order us something from Lviv eventually Ukrainian. We had something what I cant remember the name of, but I would locate it between fasolka po bretonsku ( beans in hmm Britain way, I can`t traslate it well) and beans soup with meat and potatoes. It was very nice actually. Addictionally, Sarah, Ania and me ordered a bottle of wine and boys a bottle of vodka and glass of juice for each of them. First time in my life I could see how do Ukrainians drink alcohol - a shot of vodka, a sip of juice, shot of vodka, sip of juice. After the whole bottle of vodka for 2 of them, the boys didn`t even seem to be tipsy. Ania`s cousin`s face became a bit red, but that was it.
We were so tired at night, that we went to sleep almost straight away. The boys gave us a whole room, which was really sweet of them. The day was magnificent.
POLISH:
Umowilysmy sie z Ania S. na spotkanie pod dworcem kolejowym we Lwowie, bo tam wiedzialam, ze mielismy sie zatrzymac. Gdy wysiadlysmy z Sarah z autokaru, nasza pierwsza mysla bylo: "gdzie te pociagi??" Okazalo sie, ze owszem, przyjechalysmy, ale na dworzec autobusowy! Napisalam Ani sms z nadzieja, ze bedzie wiedziec, gdzie jest dworzec "stryjski". Jakies pol godziny pozniej Sarah nie wytrzymala i zadzwonila od siebie z telefonu. Ania byla w drodze. Nie minelo 5 minut, gdy zobaczylysmy ja biegnaca w naszym kierunku. Przywitalysmy sie i wtedy zobaczylysmy dwoch chlopcow, ktorzy podazali za nia. To byli Andrei i Andrei - 1 to kuzyn Ani, drugi to jego przyjaciel.
Chlopcy wzieli nasze plecaki, a my nawet niezbyt protestowalysmy, bo byly mega ciezkie. Musielismy podejsc do przystanku kawalek, z ktorego odjezdzal autobus do mieszkania Andrei - kuzyna Ani.
Jedna z pierwszych rzeczy, ktore zobaczylysmy we Lwowie, byl trolejbus, a raczej setki trolejbusow. Byly to autobuso-tramwaje - autobus na kolkach, ktory u gory mial linki-kable  tramwajowe. Slyszalam o czyms takim w dziecinstwie, ale nigdy nie widzialam na zywo.
Tym razem jechalysmy jednak minibusem, ktory jest bardzo popularny na calej Ukrainie. W mieszkaniu Andrei - typowym apartamencie chlopcow - odswiezylysmy sie, zjedlismy wspolny obiad i wyszlysmy obejrzec Lwow.
To niewiarygodne, ale Lwow ma zabytek na zabytku! Po prostu cos niesamowitego - piekniejszy niz Krakow. Do tego nie moglysmy miec lepszego przewodnika - Andrei nie-kuzyn, studiuje Design i zna historie kazdego pojedynczego budynku we Lwowie. Widzialysmy pasje w jego oczach, w ekspresji. Byl taki mily! Do tego byl calkiem zadowolony, ze mogl porozmawiac po angielsku. Mialam z nim dluga rozmowe o secesji, z ktorej pisalam ostatnio prace na historie sztuki. Widzialysmy tego dnia tyle miejsc, ze trudno byloby mi wymienic. Chyba najbardziej podobal mi sie kosciol ormianski, choc praktycznie wszystko zrobilo na mnie ogromne wrazenie. Pod koniec dnia wspielismy sie tez na wzgorze, skad ogladalismy panorame Lwowa. Gdy slonce juz mialo zachodzic, zeszlismy poszukac restauracji na obiad.
Poprosilysmy chlopcow, zeby zamowili nam cos lwowskiego tudziez ukrainskiego. Zamowilismy cos, czego nazwy nie pamietam, ale ulokowalabym to miedzy fasolka po bretonsku a zupa fasolowa z mieskiem i ziemniaczkami. Bardzo smaczne.
Do tego ja, Ania i Sarah zamowilysmy butelke wina, a chlopcy butelke wodki plus po szklance soku. Pierwszy raz w zyciu jak pija Ukraincy - kieliszek za kieliszkiem, po lyku soku i dalej wodka. Najlepsze byl to, ze nawet nie wygladali na podchmielonych. Kuzyn Ani poczerwienial na twarzy, ale to bylo wszystko.
Wieczorem bylysmy tak zmeczone, ze praktycznie od razu poszlysmy spac. Chlopcy odstapili nam 1 z pokoi, co bylo bardzo mile z ich strony. Dzien byl wspanialy.
Report as Spam

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: