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Status Update 20:20hrs. We are sitting in our Ukrainian Sleeper compartment trying to work out how the bedding works...there are several possible combinations of racks, chrome flaps and slots. I think I am "on top" again. It could be a long night. The train bogies are replaced with Russian wide gauge at the Ukrainian border. This involves hydraulic jacks that lift up the whole train. Come back Easyjet all is forgiven. ...
... guard activity on the Ukrainian side (see photos), the main delay wasn’t getting out of Ukraine, but getting into Slovakia. Each of the cars in the queue was thoroughly searched, presumably with an eye for cheap Ukrainian cigarettes and vodka for which EU residents would be willing to pay big bucks.
But we finally did emerge in Slovakia, back in the ol’ EU. The roads were certainly better than in Ukraine, but the grim post-Soviet ...
We had just shaken hands with Mikhail Galin, the director of Hesed Shpira, when we heard a yelp, followed by wild clapping and raucous singing. Soon four black-clad Hasids came crashing up the stairs, brandishing a lulav and an etrog. Oblivious to our presence, they careened around the hallway where we stood, with full-tilt singing and dancing. Mikhail shrugged, and smiled sheepishly.
This was the last day of Sukkot, The Festival of Booths, sometimes ...
... This police occupation was being played out on top of an even more pressing concern: our hopes of getting to Shalanki today were rapidly diminishing. In the midst of my Healthy Start Cole slaw and coffee we got the message that our translator, Boris, would be late for our planned 9 o'clock lift-off. He had a doctor’s appointment, but should be back by 11.00. So much for our planned early start. Then we were told ...
... the bribe last night also took Manfred’s car insurance certificate. And he failed to give it back. It’s tempting to think that this was a gambit for future extortion—and it might be—but the consensus is that he simply saw no reason to return it, and tossed it in the trash. Or, more likely, in the road.
In any case, without the ability to document insurance coverage, and with rogue police ...
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