Białystok - Kiev
Trip Start Jul 16, 2009
38Trip End Ongoing
Chatted with some girls from Hong Kong in Warsaw. Independant travellers but they did admit that they limited themselves in places to go as they had to rely on English all the time.
Great couple in my coupé to Kiev. They were on their way to Donetsk. The woman was very pretty and very nice, the bloke was just really pleasant and funny and down-to-earth. This bloke wouldn't have known a word of English. How can people say you don't need anything but English when you travel!? I mean of course, if you want to get the most out of it.
They shared their food with me. I didn't need much coaxing as they had a sumptious feast - sausages, salmon, eggs - the lot., I opened a bottle of apple brandy that I had with me from Zagreb..
The border crossing to the Ukraine took ages and occurred in the middle of the night. In a way one of the interesting things about travel. One of the few non-convenient things that still happens. Border guards coming to and fro at three in the morning. Jacked up on the jacks having to have the wheels changed over due to the different gauge of railway track between the old Soviet Union and the rest of Europe, being shunted around. All while half asleep. Is that why they still do it? It would seem more logical to just get everyone to hop into another train on the other side of the border. But this way one can just sleep through it... except for immigration and customs.