See you again soon, Ukraine
My passengers and I are currently waiting in the Lviv airport for our flight to Toronto via Munich on Lufthansa airlines. The Lviv Airport is modern and the staff very efficient. The agents that looked after our check-in were so kind and helpful. The security and customs staff were also very friendly and thanked us for visiting their country.
It was a sad and for some tearful farewell to our hosts Vince, Yulia and Taras. Not only were they excellent hosts – they all have caring and warm hearts. They wanted our stay in the Ukraine to be an excellent experience and they made that happen.
Last night at dinner we met a middle-aged Canadian from Saskatoon who is living here with her husband. At breakfast we met a Father and his two sons who are visiting from Edmonton.
Canada has a strong relationship with the Ukraine. Our Governor General and a Canadian contingent were in Lviv this past January. They stayed in the same wonderful Lviv hotel that we did. Its the finest hotel in the city.
This truly was an exceptional journey – the 3 main Ukraine destinations we visited are totally unique and each offered new cultural experiences – we would be hard pressed to say which was our favourite – they were all so great – the itinerary was wonderful and top notch – the 5 star hotels where we stayed were truly 5 star hotels that can compete with any other 5 star hotels around the world – we dined in the very best restaurants and the cuisine would thrill any foodie – the locals were so happy to show off their beautiful country.
Ukraine has had to struggle through so much hardship. Many that we met lived through the Soviet times. Ukraine has gone through independence and a recent 2014 revolution and the struggles are not over because since 2014 there have been eastern border troubles. Russia claims they are not involved with the battle but the Ukrainians say that is not the case.
Ukrainians will continue to have a cloud over them because of their neighbour but as some explained to me this is something that they have learned to live with. For some reason other countries have not directly helped Ukraine and its probably because it would cause issues with Russia. Canada’s RCMP have been helping to train Ukraine’s police force and we heard from very reliable rumors that the US is quietly helping to train Ukraine’s armed forces.
As Canadians we really don’t hear much about this part of the world so its not on our travel radar list. In fact my passengers said if I would have advertised this journey as going to Ukraine they probably would not have considered it. They said this would have been a big mistake because their journey has been so fantastic.
I can’t wait to return and it won’t surprise me if some of my current passengers join me next time.
Ukraine was the perfect destination for the first Travel With Bradley International Mystery Tour.
Farewell Ukraine but I won’t be gone for long!