Ukraine trip

Lviv Travel Blog

 › entry 89 of 125 › view all entries

I went to Ukraine in the summer of 2007.

In a lot of ways it was similar to Russia. The trains were very similar, but slower and less comfortable. Though I shouldn't really compare as I only travelled in 2nd class in Russia and in 3rd class in Ukraine. Anyway, in both countries travelling by train is a great way to meet people. And to get fed and soaked in alcohol.

The shops were similar to those in Russia. After a few days I started longing for a supermarket where you can just grab whatever you need instead of pointing at things and sounding like an idiot all the time. But I didn't find any.

The traffic was scarily like Russia. One day I nearly got run over by a car whilst unsuspectingly walking on the sidewalk.

On the other hand, visually and historically, Lviv is a Polish city.

In fact, it looks more Polish than Warsaw, with its Stalinist Palace of Science and Culture.

I've heard good things about Kiev and Odessa, but Lviv was certainly a good first taste of Ukraine. It is beautiful, vibrant and there's a lot to see, without being overwhelming. Just a nice city to walk around, providing there's no cars trying to run you over ;) There are plenty of outdoor pubs and restaurants to take a break from sight-seeing, though deciphering the menus was rather challenging.

Ukranian language sounds like a cross between Russian and Polish, so I mixed up my limited knowledge of both languages (with some Slovak thrown in) and managed to get by.

Besides Lviv, I also spent a day in Uzhgorod, a pleasant small town near the Slovak border.

In Lviv, I stayed at a very nice, cheap hostel (of which I currently don't remember the name, unfortunately), which was a great place for meeting interesting people from all over the world. In Uzhgorod I stayed at a posh Intourist hotel, a bargain for about 20€ for a single room, though unfortunately that didn't include hot water, apparantly.

 

 

 

 

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Lviv Hostels review
very cheap and great people
At about 5€ a bed, I didn't expect much from the Sun Hotel. And it was indeed basic, with large dorms with bunk beds, and a shower that came out of … read entire review
Lviv
photo by: Biedjee