Ukraine Travelogue -
Ivano-Frankivsk to Lviv to Kiev Train

After a lovely bus ride, we reached the train station in Ivano-Frankivsk. The bus held our luggage while we all went across the street to the store here. It was much smaller and less nice than the one by Nadia - no rows of pastries! The Nadia was only a few blocks away, but our guide wanted us to buy things here. Ah well. We got some meat, cheese, and random chips and things, plus 2 bottles of Baileys. Mom was in the right line which was slow, so she jumped to the left line. Mistake - the left line was quick because it didn't take credit cards. We paid cash and got back to the train. We gathered our things and everyone was very careful to watch their bags. We went into the smallish one room station.

We all grabbed our bags, pulling them up the ramp into the small station, then across and out the back side to the tracks. We had to cross the tracks, get back on the concrete platform on the other side, then hike ALL the way down to the very end of the train (well there were 2 cars after ours, out of maybe 30 total). It was quite a ways, weaving amongst other passengers, dragging heavy luggage over uneven surfaces. Finally we got there.

A woman in her 50s was controlling access to this car. She got into an argument with Stephanie about our rooms. We had reserved several "four person rooms" but only wanted 2 in each as they were so tiny. The train woman thought this was incredibly unfair to those who wanted the rooms - and also she wanted to be paid her per-sheet charge for all 4 beds in each cabin. Stephanie said fine, we'll pay it.

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The train "floor level" is a steep climb up narrow stairs. Luckily the boys were there to hand the bags up. I ferried bags down the very narrow hallway into our rooms, just putting them into random rooms for now to keep the very tiny hallways clear. Finally we got all the bags settled, and then they moved Kris and I "forward" a room as they wanted us in the middle of the adults for safety. Each room had the bunk numbers on it - for example 13 14 15 16 - and then also a room number on the door, in roman numerals, so we had IV initially and were moved to V.

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You were supposed to put your bags under the bunk, where there was half of the area taken up by a lidless metal "box" so that when the bunk was lowered on it and someone was on the bunk, nobody could get to the contents. We could fit our smaller bags into this box but not my red bag for example and certainly not Kris' larger bag. There was a fold-down little table by the window, and the top bunks of course folded up.

We set up the iPod with speakers and put on Ukrainian music, and opened the window. It was very stuffy to begin with, but in an amazingly short period of time (and ahead of schedule) the train pulled out. The breeze cooled down the room nicely. We were on our way!

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