Easy day in Uzhhorod
Trip Start Apr 24, 2007
63Trip End Jul 09, 2007
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Mainly just another travel day today. The bus left Lviv at 2 but I wanted to be there with plenty of time since a few people had been trying the train for a couple days and having some frustration. Personally I think the people at the train station are having a laugh seeing how many times they can tell a tourist "no today" before they go crazy. Still just to be safe I packed up and headed out early so that if the bus I was booked on didn't go, I might be able to catch an earlier one, a later one, or the train.
Luckily my bus was pretty well on time and I was one of the even luckier ones who got a seat and didn`t have to stand in the aisle or sit on the luggage at the back. The bus itself was almost comical, it was pretty run down and had some seats taken out of the back to make more room for people, luggage and parcels. I felt pretty bad for most of the ones standing... it was about a 5 hour bus ride to Uzhhorod
Another girl from the hostel had come with me since she was trying to make her way into Hungary. I had a room booked in Uzhhorod, but they didn't have any directions and I had no map so I went for a taxi once we arrived. 10 Hryvnias, about $2, sweet deals. Got in the cab and he took us the whole ½ a block to the hotel. I was a little red in the face getting out of that cab! I had no idea it was only a few doors down from the station. I couldn't find any hostels in Uzhhorod so I had reserved a room at a huge concrete Intourist hotel leftover from the Soviet days. It was only $20 a night so not a bad deal for a time travel. I don`t think the room had been touched since the 70`s (except at some point in the 80`s to add the mini fridge that was bigger than the kitchen fridge at my first flat). I`m pretty sure I`ve seen the lamps in IKEA, but I don`t think that`s where these ones were from!
We went for dinner in the hotel. Couldn't read much on the menu but the waiter helped us. Had a beer, a bowl of borsht and the waiters English speakers special, a pan fried chicken breast with fries and salad
Sat 19 May
I didn't have the highest hopes for Uzhhorod and figured it would just be a rest day between travel days, but the town blew me away! By the hotel it looks like a small, somewhat industrial city but the stunning blue and gold church across the street should have hinted to me there was a bit more here. We set into town and found a nice little cafe and two meat (possibly lamb?) filled crepes. Not really breakfast food, especially once the girl squirted mayo over them, but it was good and filling so I was happy! Heading further into the center, we got a little lost, tried to avoid gypsies, found a rich street (the houses made anywhere I've lived look like shacks!) and finally made it to our destination... the castle!
It was mighty impressive for such a small town, but I guess with the location of the town it would historically make sense to have a fortress like that here
After the castle my buddy left to catch her bus and I headed next door to the open air museum. It was a group of about 15 old houses, a church and a school house from old villages. It looked like something right out of Little House on the Prairie. It even had some sheep wandering around and the ladies working at each house were raking or gardening on the sides if there were no groups around.
After that I went to the mall in search of internet and then shopped around the streets. I am now the proud owner of a pretty purple necklace and mom has a new bracelet. Found a camera shop that said they could put my pictures put on CD, but first I had to find somewhere to buy a CD. Once I returned with a blank CD, they burnt it in the back on their office computer for me! The guy burning the CD spoke some English and started chatting with me. Turns out he travels with his choir, so while my CD was burning he showed me his pictures of some of the places he has been with the choir.
I took the river route home for some supper