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Published: October 23rd 2019
Our train to Kiev is at 11.26 so we depart the hotel in plenty of time to walk to the station via Lviv’s main sights.
Our train is a sleeper train in day formation. A carriage contains 10 compartments each of 4 berths. Our seats are numbers 44 and 45. This means that when we reach the end of the carriage, the numbers have only reached 40. We stand outside the toilet a bit perplexed, then sit in some random seats, only to be moved on by their owners. We take another look and discover that each compartment has two extra numbers for day time when 6 people share the bottom 2 bunks.
It’s a 6 hour journey to Kiev. This train has no trolley service so we are unprepared. It’s quite dull, chugging through trees for hour after hour. The highlight is a trip to the toilet. The seat looks like it’s been wrapped in a giant condom. You press a button so the plastic rotates giving you a clean strip to sit on, thus avoiding contact with your predecessor’s wee.
We reach Kiev station. We departed from an old gothic style station and have arrived in
a modern building of glass and steel. It’s a bit confusing. There are actually station buildings, one on each side of the tracks. Eventually we find our way to to correct station and make our way through the rush hour to Tom’s.
We spend our last evening in Kiev with our hosts, eating Tom’s pumpkin soup, Babushka’s stuffed peppers and Olena’s cottage cheese pancakes. All washed down with Odessan champagne.
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