Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I'm ba-a-a-ck!

Well, I see that my last post was made on August 28 ... wow, does time fly when you travel to Ukraine!

Yes, I'm just back from the trip of a lifetime. My mom decided to take a trip to Ukraine and invited her brood along. Three of her daughters (including me) and two grand-daughters were able to make the trip, so on Sept. 8 we left Winnipeg together, and returned on the 24th. I returned home to Vancouver on the 28th.

We went to Kyiv, Yalta, Lviv and Vienna. It was quite incredible. I was the only one who'd ever been to Ukraine, but that was in 1984, so it was almost like the first time for me. Quite a few surprises all around... some pleasant, some not. But we all agree, it was a fabulous experience all around.

I have quite a lot of pics, notes and memories to sift through ... and savour! So please indulge me as I share my recollections of this awesome trip over the next little while.

4 comments:

Vasyl said...

Pawlina,

You know everyone is waiting with bated breath about the finer details of your trip... Including pics with the people I introduced you to...

Good to see you blogging again!

Vasyl

Pawlina said...

Thanks, Vasyl!

I don't know about "bated breath" ... I'm sure people have more important things to do! :-)But it's always fun recalling memories of a trip.

My travelling companions and I agreed to "pool" all our pix on our return home, which is a good thing since my camera kept dying on me, and photography is not my forte anyway.

However, this being a busy season without a trip to Ukraine thrown into the mix, it's taking a little while to get them ...

Stanislav said...

Wow, what news! Pawlina is back and... back from Ukraine! You even visited Yalta - good choice! Have you had a chance to sleed on its central beach? :-) I did, this is a wonderful city. Very interesting to compare it to Vancouver, because I see something in common: subtropical plants, elevated humidity, relax :-) And Kyiv of course, I wanna know how you find Kyiv..

Pawlina said...

Thanks, Stan ... altho I don't know that I'd exactly classify my return home as exciting news! But thanks for the kind sentiment. :-)

I'm just about done organizing my pix so I'll be putting some up soon.

Yes, Yalta. What a surprise. I loved it, so different from the rest of Ukraine. And, you're right about the topographical similarities to Lotusland. I felt quite at home, especially driving through the mountains to Simferopol. Definitely a place I want to go back to!