The cementary and the chatkas museum

Trip Start Nov 24, 2006
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Trip End Jun 28, 2008


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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

ENGLISH:
We woke up pretty early, about 9 am (in Poland there was 8 am), ate breakfast and left the house.
Our fist object for that day were traditional folk houses - something like Museum Wsi Opolskiej in Bierkowice near my home town, but wilder. There was also a beautiful wooden Orthodox church. In one of the houses we dressed up in folk clothes and took a photo session. Sarah was wearing wreath and made her look funny but cute.
Then we went to a pub for a glass of rum each to celebrate Andrei`s flatmae birthday.
Our next stopover was at the Orlat Lwowskich cementary - one of the most famous places in Lviv. There is lots of Polish graves - of artists, writers, as well as Polish soldiers fighting for freedom of Poland. The soldires have even a separate mini-cementary; the are no-name graves, too. Lviv used to be Polish and you still can see it in lots of places. The Polish graves as set next to Ukrainian, ussian or even German ones. Very good lesson. The cementary is really beautiful, but as a cementary, it`s got a "specific" atmosphere.
Our bus to Rivne was leaving about 4 pm, so we came back to boy`s place pretty early. We atepierogi and we had to run to catch the bus. The boys took our backpacks again. Ania, me and Sarah were carrying only a tent, a bag with food and our hand bags.On the way to the coach station there were stakes blocking cars to drive on the side-walk. Ends of them were quite sharp so when I hooked one, I heard something like khhhhrr and then I felt pain in my thigh. The leg was ripped up from my thigh to the knee. I bacame upset because that was my favourite green pair of trousers, however we didn`t have time to stop. We had to come to the station and buy our tickets. For the next km I was walking with scar on my thigh and leg hanging out of my knee. Girls were laughing that in trousers bought in the States I looked like a real American, but the Ukrainians didn`t get it. They looked at me like at an alien.
Obudzilismy sie dosyc wczesnie, o 9 rano (w Polsce byla 8), zjedlismy sniadanie i wyszlismy z domu.

POLSKI:
Celem nr 1 na ten dzien byly tradycyjne chatki ludowe - cos jak Museum Wsi Opolskiej w Bierkowicach, ale bardziej dzikie. Do tego byla tam piekna drewniana cerkiew, a w 1 z domkow ubrano nas w ludowe stroje ukrainskie i zrobilysmy sobie sesje zdjeciowa. Sarah miala na sobie wianek, w ktorym wygladala calkiem zabawnie i uroczo.
Potem poszlismy tez na szklaneczke rumu, zeby uczcic urodziny wspollokatora Andrei`a.
Nastepnym naszym punktem byl cmentarz Orlat Lwowskich - jedno z najbardziej znanych miejsc we Lwowie. Pochowanych jest tam mnostwo Polakow - artystow, pisarzy, ale takze zolnierzy walczacych o wolnosc Polski. Zolnierze maja nawet osobny mini-cmentarz; sa tam tez groby bezimienne. Lwow to byla kiedys Polska i w wielu miejscach nadal to widac. Polacy leza obok Ukraincow, Rosjan, a nawet Niemcow. Bardzo pouczajace. Cmentarz jest przepiekny, ale jak na cmentarz przystalo, ma specyficzna atmosfere.
Nasz bus odjezdzal okolo 16, wiec wrocilismy do mieszkania chlopcow dosc wczesnie. Zjedlismy pierogi na obiad i trzeba bylo niemal biec na dworzec autobusowy. Chlopcy wzieli nasze plecaki, a mysmy mialy tylko reklamowke z namiotem, z jedzeniem i nasze torebki. Po drodze na chodnikach byly ustawione slupki blokujace wjazd samochodow. Byly dosc ostro zakonczone, wiec gdy zahaczylam o 1 z nich, uslyszalam khhhhhr, a nastepnie poczulam bol w lewym udzie. Nogawka byla rozerwana od uda do kolana. Wscieklam sie, bo to byly moje ulubione zielone sztruksy; ale nie bylo czasu na przerwy. Musialysmy dojsc do dworca i kupic bilety. Przez nastepny kilometr szlam ze szrama na udzie i nogawka zwisajaca z kolana. Dziewczyny sie smialy, ze w tych spodniach nabytych w Stanach wygladam jak prawdziwa Amerykanka, ale Ukraincy chyba tego nie kupili. Patrzyli na mnie jak na obcego.
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