Feodosia - Paradoxes in motion
Trip Start Jul 08, 2007
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Following the fall of communism in 1991, Ukraine took its independence and major changes started to appear. During the time of the communism, sexuality was really taboo. 17 years later, the return of the pendulum certainly crashed down those taboos to say the least. The women are extremely beautiful, sexy and everyone seems hungry for sex. In each of the clubs I have been to (normal club for Ukraine), there are sex shows on the main scene all night long, women stripping here and there and the party is on all night long, all days of the week.
In general, I have enjoyed walking on the communist streets, crazily shaped side walk and paradox architecture. Somehow, I felt home, like I have known this place all of my life.
Something very impressive here is the way that people pay for the bus. People give their $ to the person in front, who gives it to the other one in front, all the way to the driver. Then the change follows the exact route back to the paying person. You have to see it to believe it. I have even seen a lady collecting the $ of everyone, thinking she would then run away with it. But I was told that she was collecting change to simplify the transactions for the driver. A collective system at work, that works all throughout Ukraine. Communists did not do everything wrong!
On the other hand it is quite an experience to buy train tickets. Gladly my friend Ksucha was with me, otherwise I would have probably never been able to catch my train to Kiev. Two workers served 25 people in about 1h30. It was complete chaos from my point of view. No real line forming, simply people acknowledging the person in front and behind them. So it's a constant negotiation. In a way it is beautiful once again to see so much collaboration, but this makes it virtually impossible for a non Russian or Ukrainian speaker to fit in the system easily. The real problem was the incompetence of the workers behind the counter. Our lady was even using an abacus for some operations! I could not believe it! Mainly, she could not operate her reservation system adequately, telling all the Russians ahead of us that they could not comeback to their country for the next month! My theory was that she was calling some friends and talking about the weather. Then the next possible problem occurred, her computer crashed for half an hour and she could not served anyone. During that time, she kept on complaining against the president of the country for all of her problems. I have never thought of blaming my president/prime minister for my troubles, but I will definitely try thatJ . I think the 34C humid temperature did not help either. We finally got through and were quite pleased with ourselves. You definitely need a Russian friend, an interpreter or a good base of Russian; otherwise you're off for a lot of pain. Although it is sometimes good and is a vital part of traveling and culture shock!!
I fell in love with this place and although I could not stay here as long as I would have liked, I will soon be back, with a base of Russian this time.
The main purpose of my stay here was to learn and develop my psychic abilities at the Bronnikov Slavic-Tibetan fighting school. See my following blog entry.