Odesa

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Odesa Opera and Ballet Theater

You’re probably familiar with the spelling, Odessa. Once Ukraine gained independence
from Russia, they fiddled with the spelling of things to break free from the association.

But the reality is, half the time you see Odesa spelled with one ‘s’, and the other times with two.
It’s really confusing.

This city turned out to be one of the low days of the trip. I attribute this largely to lack
of a good dinner plus an overnight train ride. Couple our grumpiness with a really bad tour guide
and all anybody wanted was to leave, sleep in a bed, and start the next day anew.

This Irish pub/restaurant with the fancy sugar selection was where things began to sour.
The meal took too long, throwing off the schedule for the rest of the day.

The irony is that we’d spend hours at this joint, popping in for long periods of time to
soak up the Wifi and not be walking with our packs. Also? We were hoping to find a day spa
to shower as we’d be spending another night on a train. (No luck in that regard.)

The fortress Akkerman in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi.

These two climbed up and proceeded to shout down, “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.”
Which added levity to a largely ho hum fortress expereince.

My shirt’s all wonky because of backpack fatigue.

Microvan

Nice font!

Temo

Potemkin Stairs are one of the big tourist sights of Odesa.
They were featured in a silent film called Battleship Potemkin from 1925.
I think it’s time for a new attraction.

Odesa Train Station at night.

This train was a step up from the last one.
The beds were extremely comfortable after a a tough travel day.