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Rural Ukraine

Finally!!

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It has taken a lot of patience (and Google translate) but we finally secured a farm house in the rural town of Stavne in the Carpathian Mountains ($60 per night).

Lviv to Stavne was a long bus trip up and over a mountain pass (5 hrs, $10 each). The region is on the border of 5 different countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine) and is a popular place for illegals crossing into the EU so there were a few military checks.

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Busy Lviv bus station - even has international coaches

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We caught a mini bus and it was pretty comfortable.

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Scenery along the way

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The local Stavne school bus looks like belongs in a BBC period drama!

We stayed in a beautifully restored timber farmhouse with a big garden of fruit trees leadining down to the Uzh River. Booked three nights/ 4 days and could have stayed forever.

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So nice to be in the country. Sounds of chickens next door. Occasional cars driving down the one street. We know the time of day from the three trains that go through town each day.

Margaret even made stuffed vine leaves and we have some fresh farm produce.

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Went walking in the hills (Carpathians). Weather has been magnificent - bright sunny 20 ish degrees but about 6 degrees at night as we are the mountains.

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Sometimes we wonder why we bother going to the big cities at all. This is the life. It has been the highlight of our Ukraine travels so far. Unfortuately, we had to move on. Caught the train to our next (and last destination in Ukraine), Uzhgorod.

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Train station toilets are a reminder that we are still in a developing country...

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At least this one is clean.

Posted by MikeinCairns 02:30 Archived in Ukraine

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