Trip Start Apr 24, 2007
Trip End Jul 09, 2007

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wed 16 May
Today was a non-tourist day, mainly because last night didn't end until early this morning. Once again I thought it couldn't possibly be that late... until I noticed the sun. I got moving in the early afternoon (I know how sad this sounds, but it was great!). I found the store and got some kolbasa, cheese and bread.  Fanta has become my inadequate replacement for Iron Bru so a bottle of that was also in order. Once I had gotten ready and got some food in my belly, I found my way to the bus station to check times to Uzhhorod and get a ticket for tomorrow. 
Later in the day, me and a new buddy from the hostel headed into town to take a quick look around in daylight. I have heard Lviv referred to as an unpolished gem and that's the perfect way to describe it. The buidlings were amazing! We snapped some pics, had a wander and then walked back towards the hostel for some point and guess supper. Dinner turned pretty good (except grated raw onion in my beet, cheese and potato salad). We grabbed a couple beers and had a quiet night with some of the others back at the hostel.
Thur 17 May
Started off today a lot more productively than yesterday. I even woke up in time for the yummy breakfast of omelette, cheese and toast at the hostel. It's been a while since I had fried eggs! Once I got ready and got the map thing sorted, my new buddy and I headed back into town to fully explore the city and see everything we missed during our quick look around last night.
We walked into the center and checked out a few of the churches before stopping in the market (where I got a wonderful wood and tile bracelet for less than a buck). Went in for a look inside the Arsenal Museum before going into some more churches. Another market, some wandering and yes more churches and we felt like we had seen most of the "must sees" in the centre. We hiked up the trail to the top of Castle Hill (no castle) and got an amazing view of the city. Didn't realize how big it was, it seemed so small since so far we had been able to walk almost everywhere, but the city stretched out in every direction. After all the work to hike up the hill, it was due time for another coffee/beer break.
On the way back to the hostel, we stopped at the store. Man, I am missing veggies!! The stores are always a bit of a laugh since pretty much everything is behind a deli-style counter stacked on shelves and you have to ask the store clerk to grab it for you. Lots of pointing and sign language. I was tempted to jump the counter to grab my juice, but I settled for the kind the girl must have thought I would enjoy more.
Everyone was heading out again for a night out, but in fear of missing my bus in the morning I opted to have a few with them before they took off for the bar and then watched a movie and have some patio drinks with a couple others who didn't feel like going to the club. There was a huge thunder and lightning storm so we had to move in from the patio, once it had half flooded anyways. Since we were already soaked, we decided to make a run for the store when it let up a little. Shopping at a corner store is even more amusing in the middle of the night. The front door has a cage across it and from there you have to point across to the shelves. I didn't realise how many languages I could say cheese in and good thing I knew the word Kolbasa. After we had those two items, it was a lot easier to get the crackers as well. A snack and a cup of tea and that was me done for the night.
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