Terrific insight to a country in the intern’l spotlight.
Following a few days at the hostel in Kolochava, and a few more days of riding, I finally received word from my mom that she was coming to visit us in Ukraine, again. Last year, as we selected an eastward trajectory from France, we conspired to set a date and she bought a plane ticket to Ukraine. We would meet just before my birthday. We planned to visit her father’s family in the southwest, and her mother’s family in the far east, near Luhansk.
Last Monday she wrote, telling me that she would not be able to come visit again this year, regretfully. On Wednesday she wrote again, telling me that she had bought a plane ticket. On Friday, she and my brother arrived in Kyiv and immediately boarded a train to Lviv. Lael and I composed a roundabout route back towards Strij though the mountains. We boarded an electro-poyizd
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