Traveling from Ukraine to Romania

… and first hitchhiking experience!

Public Transportation in Ukraine

 … or “Now That’s What I Call Cheap!”

Hitchhiking the Balkans 2014

Experience of a Lifetime!

The Invisible Exhibition

Experience life without sight. A must-see exhibition in Warsaw.

Visiting Sopot and Gdansk

My favorite thing about Sopot – the sea. Even if it’s the cold Baltic sea in March.  

Where to Stay in Warsaw, Poland

Just like most cities in the world, Warsaw offers a huge variety of accommodations. And as usually, it all comes down to the price you want to pay.
2016 Trip to Asia Has Begun!

2016 Trip to Asia Has Begun!

Hey All! It’s been a while. 2016 marks yet another amazing trip for me (and my girlfriend). On February 1st we left Montreal and landed in Singapore. We will be traveling through South East Asia for the next 4 months. Unfortunately I will not be able to update this blog as I have way too many projects going on at the moment. I simply don’t have the time to produce goof content for this blog. HOWEVER! Elizabeth started an awesome Youtube channel and you should definitely check it out, watch videos and subscribe! Here is the channel link: Elizabeth Travels    ...
Balkan Spirit in Montreal

Balkan Spirit in Montreal

I’ve been back home to Montreal for a while now and I really miss being on the move. Most importantly I really miss the Balkans, the people, the food the music. Luckily I live in one of the most multicultural cities of North America: Montréal. Just this past week-end I had the chance to attend a few shows (thanks to Mundial Montreal) and once again, I’ve felt the spirit of the Balkans. I have seen the Lemon Bucket Orkestra in concert more than a few times, but their show on November 21st 2014 at Club Soda was probably one of their biggest shows in the province of Quebec. I also brought the camera with me so I could record a few of their songs and share it with you. So, without further ado, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra!    ...
Traveling from Ukraine to Romania

Traveling from Ukraine to Romania

After spending a month in Kyiv I decided to start moving towards the Balkans. Of course before leaving Ukraine I had to spend some time in Lviv as I mentioned in Lviv during the day and Lviv in the evening posts. The cheapest way from Lviv to Romania was by train (mostly). So I purchased my 115UAH ($10) train tickets for the train #601, Lviv – Solotvyne. The train departs at 20:40 and arrives to the border town of Solotvyne around 9am. The ticket for the 2nd class sleeper compartment also includes fresh sheets so you could get a good night sleep. Solotvyne is a small Ukrainian town that feels very Transylvanian. You can find statues for such figures as Stefan cel Mare (prince of Moldovia in 15th century), some streets names are Romanian, etc. After a 10-15 minutes walk through the town you’ll get to the border with Romania. One of the reasons I chose the Solotvyne border was being able to walk across it, which I’ve never done before. We tried to take a photo of the border crossing on Ukrainian side and got yelled at by one of the agents so we kept on walking. Show your passports and keep on going through the bridge over  Tisa river. Take your passports again for the Romanian border officers, look at their surprised faces (I guess not many Canadians cross this small border by foot). The passport control guy sent us for the “luggage inspection” but when the inspection lady saw we had Canadian passports she told us to close the bags and have a good time in...
Visiting Lviv in the Evening

Visiting Lviv in the Evening

Lviv offers a variety of things to do and see in the evening. In the previous post I wrote about visiting Lviv mostly during the day. However, once the sun goes down and you leave the High Castle you should probably find a place for a drink. There is a chain of bars and restaurants in Lviv owned by “Lokal” group and I must admit these guys are making the city’s nightlife a lot more attractive. They run many themed establishments and you should try to check out at least some of them. If possible, get a Lokal loyalty card which will offer some perks and rebates. Kryjivka Kryjivka is the last hiding place of Ukrainian Insurgent Army left from the times of the World War II. Designed as a bunker, this restaurant offers a very unique experience. First of all, the queue might be long as this place accepts over 1 million visitors per year. Once you get to the unmarked door and knock on it, you’ll be asked for a password (“Slava Ukraini”). Then you will be greeted by a man with machine gun who will offer you a shot of vodka. Once they show you to your table, take your time to look around. The decorations are awesome and you really do feel like you’re in the 40’s. The food is okay, nothing spectacular. We ordered dark beer but it was flat and tasted more like bad cider. I sent it back, although the waitress tried to persuade me that this beer is exactly the way it’s suppose to be. The thing is that earlier we...
Discovering Lviv – The Hidden Gem of Ukraine

Discovering Lviv – The Hidden Gem of Ukraine

I lived in Ukraine for the first 14 years of my life. I went to school in Kyiv, I went to the seaside during summers and I’ve spent a fair share of time in the Carpathian mountains as a kid but somehow I never went to Lviv, the city of lions. In 2010 I drove through Lviv but I got so annoyed with the confusing streets and never ending cobble stones that I decided to not stop in the city. In 2014 I ended up in Ukraine once again. I was going from Warsaw to Kyiv and decided to stop in Lviv for a day so I could meet a local entrepreneur/travel blogger. Little did I know that one day stop would make me fall in love with this beautiful city. Since I didn’t come by car the streets appeared as very cute and historical. The cobble stones made me think of old medieval towns and the whole city just had a very welcoming vibe. I spent the whole day walking around Lviv even though there was a pretty serious rain storm outside. I made a promise to myself to come back to Lviv and spend more than a day there. One month later, after visiting Kyiv I went back to Lviv for a few days. Just 3-4 hours before arriving to Lviv I sent out a few CouchSurfing requests and surprisingly enough got a reply almost instantly, from Liliia. We took a tram from the train station to the center of the city and our awesome host. Liliia turned out to be not only a great host but...
Probably World’s Cheapest Public Transportation: Ukraine

Probably World’s Cheapest Public Transportation: Ukraine

Transportation and accommodations are the two biggest expenses while traveling… in most countries. For instance a city bus fare will set you back $1.50 in Warsaw, $3 in Montreal and almost $4 in Berlin… or $0.20 in Ukraine.  You will pay $140 for a 500-600km train ride between Berlin and Dusseldorf. Montreal – New York (similar distance) will cost you $80. The same distance in Ukraine (Lviv – Kyiv) will cost you about $12, that’s including a set of fresh bed sheets, in a sleeping cabin. As you might have guessed, this post is about the public transportation in Ukraine. In 2014 I managed to try out the trains, buses, private mini buses, trolleybuses, tramways, metro (subway) and even hitchhiking at one occasion. Trains in Ukraine. Trains remain the most popular way of traveling long distances in Ukraine. With over 23,000 of railway tracks Ukraine is the world’s 6th largest rail passenger transporter (thanks, wikipedia). Trains are relatively fast and incredibly cheap. I would suggest paying a few dollars extra to get a bed in a “coupé” (2nd class) – that’s a compartment with 4 beds, separated  by a door from the other compartments and the train hallway. However, you might consider trying a slightly cheaper but a lot more authentic “Platzkart” (3rd class).  There are 54 beds in the Platzkart, compartments are separated from one another, however there is no door separation you from the hallway. You will hear every single sneeze and you will see every single person passing through the wagon. Here is the layout of Coupe (on top) and Platzkart (bottom): I took a train...