Odessa Local Customs

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    Count Lanzheron...

    by arturowan Written Jan 25, 2014

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    Any visitor to 0dessa will become familiar with the name Lanzheron - the city's central beach bears that name, & it's reached from Lanzheronskaya 0ulitsa...
    Alike many thoroughfares in 0dessa, the street name is a memorial to somebody of importance in the city's history, in this case, Count Alexandre Andrault de Langeron...
    (Being a French name, the 'g' in the surname is soft, whereas in Russian, a 'g' is always hard, so in that language it's translated for proper pronunciation, as the letter equivalent = 'zh'...)
    Born on 24th January 1763 in Paris, the Count became a founding father of the city, succeeding the Duke of Richelieu as governor, so realising the initial plans for the new port...
    By imperial decree, 0dessa was declared a place of stowage for export goods, & so became a Free Port on 16th April 1817
    0ther contributions Count Langeron made to 0dessa, were the establishment of the city's first local newspaper, a botanical garden, & a mineral water source in the City Park...
    Count Langeron came from an aristocratic French family & spent his life in the army, serving in the war with Sweden, 3 times in the Russo-Turkish war, & the battle of Austerlitz, from which he was dismissed in disgrace & sent to 0dessa...
    Despite being a Frenchman, he served in the American War of Independence, & actually ended up fighting against Napoleon, when he joined the Russian army, with which he remained throughout his life, until ill health put him into administerial roles...
    Before becoming Mayor of 0dessa, he served as Military Governor of Kherson...
    He died in Saint Petersburg on 16th July, during the cholera epidemic of 1831

    Lanzheron Beach in Soviet times...
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    Monument to Sergey Utyochkin...

    by arturowan Written Jan 24, 2014

    Sergey Isayevich Utyochkin was born in 0dessa on 12th July 1876
    He was a man ahead of his time, with a zest for sports, & he would nowadays be regarded as an 'extreme sportsman'...
    Utyochkin was a legend -in-his-own-lifetime, known as 'the conqueror of the fifth ocean', he was capable of publicity stunts, such as driving a car from Prymorskiy Boulevard, down the Potyomkin Steps, into the port!
    Had he lived a century later, he would no doubt have been a global household name, & an athlete representative of an extreme sports brand, such as RED BULL...
    As well as being a keen swimmer, boxer, fencer, footballer, & cyclist, winning 14 races internationally, Utyochkin also was an aviator, motorcyclist, racing driver, & pioneer of roller skating!
    Nor was he 'a jack of all sports & master of none', because his soccer skills were good enough to play for 0dessa British Athletic Club, while he was rated second best pilot in Russia, flying a Farman bi-plane, making about 150 flights & surviving crashes!
    Flying was maybe his greatest love of all, which led him into a passion for air ballooning, which began in 1907 - he flew over the Sahara desert & the pyramids in order to reach Egypt!
    After mastering 15 high energy pursuits, by irony of ironies, Utyochkin died aged only 39, as a result of pneumonia, brought about by contracting flu in Saint Petersburg, in the previous winter of 1915
    He died on 13th January 1916 - though in fact had been suffering since a plane crash in 1911 - unable to afford medicine or even regular food, because in those days, all sportsmen were self-funded...
    Indeed, he died a forgotten hero, rumoured to be insane & homeless, when not in hospital or hotels, after his record-breaking glory days faded, even his wife abandoned him in favour of a rich entrepeneur, in Utyochkin's native city of 0dessa...
    During Soviet times, a vintage car club existed in 0dessa, based at 28 Bazarnaya 0ulitsa, which was dedicated to the memory of Utyochkin...
    His statue can be found in 0dessa City Garden, on a pedestal half way up the staircase leading towards the Utyochkino cinema & jazz cafe, named in his honour, & originally opened by his brothers, in order to provide revenue to sponsor Utyochkin's activities...
    His likeness is cast in bronze, to a design by 0dessan sculptor, Aleksandr Tokarev, depicting the legendary sportsman throwing a paper plane skywards...

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    Monument to sailor's wife...

    by arturowan Written Jan 18, 2014

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    "1 half of 0dessa citizens goes to sea - while other better half, waits for them - staring intensely into the distance..."
    This is an old 0dessan saying, & sums up the intrinsic nature of this city, founded as an international trading port...
    A monument to demonstrate this side of 0dessa, was unveiled on the 2nd September 2002
    Monument to sailor's wife, depicts a local mother, holding in arms outstretched towards the sea, an infant, in demonstration of faith that her seafaring husband, returns from his voyage...
    The sculpture is an elegant design by local sculptor, Aleksandr Tokarev, who also created the astonishing Monument to 0range (see separate article...)
    Monument to Sailor's wife is a simpler design, recreating the human form, faithfully in bronze, & mounted on the dockside @ Port 0dessa...
    A loudspeaker at the base of the sculpture, plays a lament, composed by local composer, Leonid Utoyosov (see separate article...)
    Appropiately, the sculpture can often be viewed with a commercial vessel alongside, & the ceremony of unveiling dedicated the design to all mariners transiting the Black Sea port, some of whom might be away from their families, in the case of giant container ships, or tankers, as much as half of a year...

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    NAKED...& funny?

    by arturowan Updated Jan 17, 2014

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    0dessa is a city with a reputation for a unique sense of humour & there is even a day set aside as a local festival to celebrate 0dessite hunour...
    The city can also be recognised in scenes from the locally made, but American financed, blend of Jeremy Beadle meets The Benny Hill Show - NAKED & FUNNY!
    This show is a supposed set-up of unsuspecting passers-by, usually involving at least 1 model losing her clothes, stripping-off, or appearing topless in such unlikely settings as a library...
    It is entertaining enough, but the over-acted reactions of members of the public when the supposedly 'hidden' camera is pointed out to them, suggests that as with all such supposedly candid tv, the entire scenario was no secret...
    This programme might not be regarded as typically 0dessite, but I do think it reflects the city's humour, because like the people, it is a tad immature/childish, akin to a McGill seaside postcard scene, minus the English subtlety & sophistication - adding any bikini model who is game enough to give an eyeful of her 'balshoi bankee' ("big jugs"...)
    I once presented a bottle of Californian wine to some folk in 0dessa, who found it hilarious when the label serving suggestion was translated to read, "with a barbecue, or while watching a DVD..."
    Quite why drinking wine while watching a DVD was such a source of hilarity I still do not quite appreciate; I suppose you just have to be an 0dessite?

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    Ukrainian feminism (?)

    by arturowan Updated Jan 16, 2014

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    Ukrainian females are feisty to pretend their own brand of feminism, but this has become something of a source of humour to me from repeated visits...
    Local news coverage on my last 2 trips featured protests by female students, that in 2010 had been inspired to cause some girls on campus in 0dessa, to be standing outside in temperatures below freezing...
    They were demonstrating for equal rights at university, yet despite the cold weather, were standing outside with as much make-up on, as clothes, with their fur coats unbuttoned enough to show plenty of cleavage...
    0n my last return, in 2011 there was another televised street demonstration, which was staged by a group calling itself FEMEN
    FEMEN were founded in Ukraine in 2008, but are now said to be based in Paris - & on this occasion were keen to demonstrate against the latest antics of a certain Italian PM...
    Dressed in low-cut tops, miniskirts & an overload of cosmetics (in a frozen January) their protest involved bending over & removing sexy 'trooseekee' (worn over tights & invisible thong) then throwing these garments at attending members of militia...
    The bemused policemen stood impassive, until the girls 'mooned' them repeatedly, which brought about their arrest & removal in back of waiting police van...
    DA! This was the news & I was sober, though in reflection I still cannot believe that even in 0dessa, the main news can come so close to mimicing the Benny Hill Show, or locally made, 'Naked & Funny'...
    FEMEN have since gained international notoriety, owing to the arrest of punk band PUSSY RIOT - & subsequent imprisonment of 2 members, now regarded as martyrs in regard to their anti-Putin protest in a Moskow church...
    But are FEMEN genuine protestors, or just compulsive public seekers?
    Who am I to ? the sincerity of their protests, when no less than an organisation than Amnesty International has given PUSSY RIOT their support over receiving custodial sentences...
    However, what I saw of these feminist protests when in the country, did appear to me to be no more than attention-seeking stunts...

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    Monument to 0range...

    by arturowan Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    0dessa is a city of sculptures, so many of which are intricately linked to the rich history of the resort, but if anybody wants to make a point of visiting just 1 - that means it has to be something special...
    Such is the Monument to 0range, to be found on Zhvanetsky Boulevard, in the ornate, Primorsky seafront area...
    The enormous, but intricate sculpture, was cast using nearly a tonne of bronze in Kiev, to a design by Aleksandr Tokarev, who won a competition organised in order to commemorate 2 centuries of trading in 0dessa...
    It's a stunning design, that must have required all the skills of the foundry, in order to realise, so detailed are some sections of the piece, with a lengthy Cyrillic inscription on the left side of the 'orange'...
    Somehow, despite its great mass of material, the design appears kinetic & the observer night believe that the horses really will drag the giant orange downhill!
    The Monument to 0range was officially unveiled on the intersection of Yekaterinskaya & Lanzheronskaya, in order to coincide with the city's birthday; 4th September 2004
    The original location was not regarded to show the design to its best, so it was later shifted about 500m to its current position, nearer the seafront...
    A quarter of the central bronze fruit is depicted removed, inside which stands Russian emperor Paul I, contemplating a lifesize orange, in his outstretched hand...
    The oversize 'orange', appears like a fairytale pumpkin, that has turned into a carriage, standing on a pair of wheels, with 3 horses prancing at its head...
    Atop the giant orange is a model of a collonnaded building, the 0dessa town hall, & the entire sculpture is mounted upon a marble plinth, 12.5 m diameter...
    Emperor Paul I is credited with the rejuvenation of the city, by arranging the funding required to turn it into what has become the busiest port on the Black Sea...
    The role of the orange in this crucial aspect in 0dessan history, is that the mayor arranged for 3000 of the fruit to be sent to Saint Petersburg, as a gift to Paul I in February 1800, so as to succour his favour to loan the cash needed to complete the building of the port...

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    Vera Kholodnaya...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 23, 2013

    When I was staying in Hotel Tsentralnaya, the view from my balcony was of a woman in a large-brimmed hat, with shawl, holding out her hand towards passerbys...
    At the time I'd no idea whom she was, or the significance of her position, facing the hotel, on the side of Preobrazhenskaya street with the cathedral that gives the highway its name...
    I now know that the statue is Russia's only silent era film star - Vera Kholodnaya...
    & her significance to my stay in 0dessa, is that she died in her rented room on the facade wing of Papudovy house, on February 16th, while in exile from the Bolsheviks, during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919
    Her statue stands near enough where she died - then was buried in the graveyard outside the cathedral, which was later destroyed by Bolshevik vandalism...
    The poignance of this, is that during this stay in 0dessa in 2007, I contracted the latest flu pandemic that was rampant in the city, & spent a lot of miserable time feeling like death warmed-up, not wanting to go past the hotel balcony view of Preobrazhenskaya, where stood the statue of Vera Kholodnaya, holding a snowball that a passerby had placed her outstretched hand...
    Vera Vasilyevna Levchenko was born in Poltava, on 30th August 1893, but was raised by her grandmother in Moscow...
    She married when still only 17, to Vladimir Kholodny, a racing driver, & the couple soon had a daughter, & adopted another child a year later, which she had to bring up alone, when her husband was conscripted into the army...
    The necessity of supporting her children, provided her the excuse to follow her dream of acting, having given up on a career in ballet, despite training in Moscow...
    Whatever her acting abilities, Vera's face & large grey, Russian eyes, gave her critical screen presence, & made her an almost instant success on the big screen...
    "My eyes are my bread!"
    Kholodnaya is reputed to have claimed, & her husband's surname, translating as 'cold one', probably also bolstered her screen image, so that she became popular enough with directors to be making 3 films a month...
    It is thought she completed 80 pictures in her short career, though only 5 have survived to this day...
    However, the most viewed footage concerning her, is not of her alive, but of the burial ceremony at the Transfiguration cemetary...
    During her career, she participated in charity concerts for impoverished students & the union of stage actors & actresses...
    In 1931, her grave at Preobrazhenskaya was destroyed by the Bolsheviks, together with the original cathedral, & her family's plea to remove her remains to Moscow were ignored, owing to her being an exile from their regime...
    Vera Kholodnaya became 1 of the many, 'persona non grata' during the reign of the Soviet Union, but as soon as it passed in 1991, efforts to revive her name, began...
    A conspiracy theory also emerged around her death, as it's reputed that she had an affair with the French ambassador while in 0dessa, & that she was poisoned on suspicion of spying for the Bolsheviks, rather than succumbing to flu - a scandal that doesn't concur with the fact that she was in 0dessa to escape Bolshevism...
    Her life was dramatised in the 1975 film, Slave To Love; a documentary made about her in 1992; & she was depicted on a postage stamp in 2003 - the same year her statue was erected on Preobrazhenskaya 0olitsa...

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    Leonid Utyosov...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 22, 2013

    Leonid 0sipovich Utyosov was born in 0dessa on 21st March 1895 (real name Leyzer Iosifovich Vaysbeyn)
    After being schooled in the city, he runaway with the circus on the ambition of becoming an acrobat, but later attempted acting & stand-up comedy...
    In 1917 he won a singing competition in Belarus, which focused his discipline to develop his voice & talent for music...
    He developed a passion for jazz & wished to become a band leader - an ambition he fulfilled in 1929
    The rest, as they say, is the stuff of legend, as Utyosov became a musical hero of the Russian-speaking world, & even toured Europoe with his band, which was based in Leningrad...
    During the Patriotic war, his band played for the troops, & on Victory Day, his band performed on Sverdlov Ploshchat (Sverdlov Square) in Moscow, his new place of residence...
    Utyosov's popularity within the Soviet Union, is said to have included Stalin, evidence for which is that he earnt the award of 'Peoples' Artiste of the USSR', in 1965 - something not granted to those out of favour with the authorities...
    As well as composing for his own band, Utyosov wrote film scores & occasionally returned to acting, being a natural comic entertainer...
    Although he lived in Moscow until his death on 9th March 1982, he never forgot his 0dessan roots, & still considered the city of his birth, his favourite place...
    Many of his compositions celebrated the city, including; C-0desskogo Kichmana; 0dessit-Mishka (0dessan teddy bear); & By The Black Sea...
    If you visit 0dessa today, you can look for where he was born, on Utyosova 0olitsa; a turning off Bolshaya Arnautskaya, into the intersection with Degtyarnaya 0olitsa...
    A karaoke bar has been opened in his name at 2a Yevreyskaya 0olitsa (Jewish Street)
    It's even possible to sit next to a lifesize statue of Utyosov, cast complete with bronze bench, in the City Garden, & listen to some of his compositions, on a jukebox within a telephone box there...
    An inscription upon the monument, paid for by voluntary donations in 2000, reads; 'To Leonid Utoyosov - from grateful 0dessa'

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    Pushkin's 0dessa...

    by arturowan Written Nov 14, 2013

    0dessa has associations with a plethora of notable, creative persons, & its street names & monuments remind any visitor of this, but 1 name stands out above them all...
    Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin not only has 2 monuments & a museum to his memory, but the formerly named, Italianskaya street, where he first resided, was renamed to celebrate his presence...
    Pushkinskaya 0olitsa is 1 of the finest streets in the city, originally paved by Italian labourers, hence the original title, & now unmistakable because of the lifesize bronze statue of the poet & writer himself, looking reflective, in top hat & tails...
    The building that houses the Pushkin Museum, was 1 of the earliest hotels in the city, & he lived here for a month, after his arrival on 3rd July 1823 (departing 1st August 1824)
    Today, the museum is a meeting place for fans of Pushkin, & it is filled with autographs, original manuscripts, & sketches by the man himself, as well as engravings of the city contemporary with his residence...
    During his time in 0dessa, amounting to a 13 month extended sojourn, he composed the poem Gypsies, 30 other pieces of lyrical prose, & at least 32 chapters of Evgeniy 0negin...
    In the chapter, Travel 0negin, Pushkin provided a detailed description of contemporary 0dessa, thus his endearment to locals, which endures to this day...
    As if this was not creative output enough, Pushkin involved himself in city affairs, including a liasion with the governor's wife...
    "0h, that Pushkin!" - as they say...
    The statue of the man himself, erected in 1999, is to be found outside the Literary-memorial museum at 13 Pushkinskaya, & is not to be confused with the sculpture & fountain dedicated to him, outside the city Duma...
    This, the actual Pushkin Monument, was financed by voluntary donations, & the scale of the construction reflects just how fondly he was regarded in the city, when it was built on Nikolayevsky Boulevard in 1889
    Comprising a granite plinth, supporting 2 cast iron, shell-shaped dishes, with fishes spouting water from their mouthes, the central bust dedicated to Pushkin is a huge metal casting...
    An inscription on the base reads; 'To A.S.Pushkin from citizens of 0dessa' - 'Was built in 1888'

    His lifesize likeness, on Pushkinskaya... The main monument to the poet...
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    WATCH YOUR FEET!

    by arturowan Updated Nov 7, 2013

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    The new Ukraine might like to believe it is up to par with western Europe, but 1 area where the standards are lamentably Third World, is the condition of pavements & roads - potholes in this country, night be regarded as crevasses in the west...
    0dessa suffers worse than maybe any other Ukrainian city, owing to its age, with the cobbled, tram-lined, main streets giving a very old world feel to the centre, where there does not appear to have been any effectual maintenance throughout the Soviet era...
    0dessa's centre is characterised by courtyards & cellar-level dwellings, reachable from a flight of stone steps set inconveniently into the pavements, WITHOUT railings, so considering there is no street lighting in the city, if you do not watch your step, you could suffer a serious fall...
    The drainage grids & manhole covers are bigger than is standard in the west, & the weight of metal in them makes them lucrative to scrap thieves, so there are many open holes in the roads, leaving a sheer fall into the sewers or buried cables - take particular caution in wet weather when crossing the road - what appears to be a deep puddle may be a fathomless pit...
    The trip hazards are increased by the tree & vine-lined streets, because roots from these plants have rippled the paving, in places making it resemble a ploughed field, covered in asphalt...
    As if all these faults in the pavement were not enough of a problem, to deter pavement parking, plant pots have been concreted to the surface by residents, & these more than all the other hazards listed, have caused me more trips & near mishaps, especially after dark...
    0dessa is built over a complex of catacombs & these do not seem to be that far below ground level - a problem when subsidence occurs, as it does by itself, or when a heavy vehicle is left too long on a vulnerable area...
    0n the tv news I have seen a delivery lorry, buried cab end down, up to the glazing, where the surface on which it was parked has sunk into the dark depths...
    Having mentioned all these very real dangers, Inever managed to actually fall over during any of my stays in 0dessa, but the biggest downside of all this careful stepping, was that the city's spectacular skyline cannot be appreciated while on the move, because it really requires eyes to be kept downwards...

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    Hero City...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 7, 2013

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    0dessa was 1 of the original cities of the Soviet Union, to be awarded official "heroic" status, by Stalin in 1945
    (2 other Ukrainian cities also were honoured - Kiev & Sevastopol; Kerch was recognised later as a 'hero city'...)
    In August 1941, 0dessa was besieged by a combined assault of Romanian & German troops, raging a fierce battle until 16th 0ctober, when Soviet forces & 15000 locals, were withdrawn by sea transport...
    However, the fight for 0dessa was not won, & the city never actually fell into Nazi control, because of a determined group of Partisans, who set themselves up in the maze of catacombs beneath the city, where they endured a twilit existence for 13 months...
    To this day, their bravery in resisting the occupying forces is remembered in monuments around 0dessa, & at the city's train terminus, to this day, raised golden letters announce - 'Gorod geroy' ('City of heroes')...
    My own experiences of meeting local people in 0dessa, is that the war is still remembered as a recent event & those half my age are keen to talk about what their grandparents did at this fraught time...

    It's traditional for newly weds to pay respects...
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    Just waiting for a tram?

    by arturowan Updated Mar 12, 2013

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    A first time visitor from the west, is sure to be taken aback at what 0dessa girls chose to wear - or not to wear on the hottest days of the year...
    I know I was! My return visits have all been in the winter, but even so...
    Fashion basics is apparently - Paris streetwalker, with more make-up than a typical transvestite would apply - peculiar considering Ukrainian girls are naturally attractive, yet seem compelled to bury their looks under facepaint...
    Such 'dyevooshkee' seem to delight in hanging around the kerbs on busy street corners, looking for any passer-by, like 'asphalt flowers', (a Russian euphemism for girls soliciting for men...)
    A sarcastic Russian couplet has evolved in popular culture, in observation of this behaviour...
    It does not translate well in English, because it is a rhymimg phrase - 'padoomayesh? Ya nye takaya, ya tolka zhdoo tramvaya!'
    ("You think? I'm not such, I'm just waiting for a tram!")
    0bject of the vicarious humour being - if the girl in ? who has taken such offence at being approached by a curious male, is so innocent, why wear enough make-up you could paint a 'dacha' with, together with push-up bra, flimsy top, fishnet hold-ups, & obligatory miniskirt?
    0f course - the main reason in order to visit 0dessa is to admire the scenery - the classical architecture, that is!

    Typical street scene in 0dessa - a scenic city...
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    Ukrainian skip wars!

    by arturowan Updated Jan 31, 2013

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    0dessa has a deserved reputation for being a dusty, dirty metropolis & that was certainly my first impression on my original arrival in August - so it came as a surprise to discover in that the early hours of each morning, the streets are bustling with hunchbacks, bent over with short-handled brooms, sweeping. (When I returned in winter, I witnessed the same folk busy about sweeping snow from the pavements...)
    Their brushes are still traditionally made from a bundle of twigs, bound to a short handle, so it is back-straining work requiring a lot of stooping. 0dessa's streets are lined with dumpsters - 'moosarniy' - into which it might seem obvious to put the collected leaves, trash & dust, but instead it is heaped into piles in the kerbs - the consequence of which is that when the wind blows in from the coast, all this diligent brushing goes to waste...
    The blue dumpsters are a characteristic sight of 0dessa - bearing the tradename SOYUZ - synonymous with when Ukraine was part of the Soviet 'UNION' & all companies, privetely-owned or nationalised, were supposedly all 1-in-the-same...
    1 of the notable differences in the city when I returned later, was to see the new black skips lined along pavements, bearing the tradename EKOGRAD - a symbol of 'the new Ukraine' (& privatisation)...
    0n subsequent news features, this new competitor to the SOYUZ monopoly was shown as the victim of the wrath of the establishment's workforce, who on their rounds were sabotaging the EKOGRAD bins & leaving them upturned in the streets - so, as if 0dessa did not have a chronic enough litter problem, now the workforce paid to clear it, is in fact, adding to it - only in Ukraine...

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    Become a 'local' - rent your own 'kvarteera'...

    by arturowan Updated Jan 31, 2013

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    If you're staying in 0dessa more than a few nights, it makes sense financially & conveniently, to rent an apartment from a local 'vladyelitsa' (owner). For an out of season stay, this can work out quite cheap for a long stay & means that you're not obliged to go outside in bad weather, as in hotels when room staff come to change bedding, etc...
    A typical flat can be rented for 40EURO per night from a local, although be aware that many apartments advertised online, belong to westerners, whose prices are exhorbitant - do not expect anything special for this price, not that internal condition will be anything to complain about, but the main 'korpus', might be in something of a slum, with unmaintained exterior, or worse, amateurish building/electrical modifications.
    Doors, in particular, are a source of trouble in 0dessa, they tend to be big & heavy, & so old they are no longer plumb with the frame, causing locks not to engage properly - I managed to twist a key in half in such a badly fitting door, so locking myself out of my own room - embarassing!
    Another problem with a couple of these 40EURO apartments, were the windows - in 1 room, the only window was sited flush with next door's adjoining brick wall - no way to view the intriguing scenery & courtyrad life, which make 0dessa so fascinating...
    So, if you want a flat that feels like 'home', book in advance & use a website with photo's illustrating your location - many of these sites are US-owned, but there are Ukrainian 1's & local owners are more negotiable about price for long-term, out-of-season stays...
    Also, these more professional sites will have some1 available who speaks English, something important if you do have a problem during your stay...
    Rememeber, that staying in Ukraine in mid-summer, weather is described as - 'dooshna' - "suffocatingly hot" - so an air conditioning unit is essential if you wish to sleep at night...
    My last 2 winter visits to 0dessa, of 5 weeks each, were spent in a beautiful 'kvarteera', within a quiet courtyard, unbelievably secluded considering its central location on the corner of Deribasovskaya & Sadovaya - the very heart of this bustling city - & I only paid equivalent of $30 per night...

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    Duc de Richelieu statue!

    by arturowan Written Jan 17, 2013

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    You'll find the likeness of the Duc de Richelieu at the top of the Potemkin Steps, which were once called the Richelieu Steps, as his statue was said to be the first to walk down them. Despite the fact that Armand Emmanuel du Plessis was a Frenchman, for reasons best known to himself, the Russian sculptor, Ivan Petrovich Martos has depicted him alike Caeser, in Roman toga. The original governor of 0dessa is striking a typically sculptural, unrealistically earnest pose, with right hand outstretched, & his left holding a scroll. 0dessites have 2 jokes about this pose;
    1 - his outstretched hand makes the governor of 1803, appear to be begging...
    2 - the scroll he's holding is peculiarly stumpy, & if observed from the right hand side, appears to be joined to his pelvis - that is, for all observers is an optical illusion, that the Duc appears to be pleasuring himself in public!

    This photo was taken in the Soviet era... Another historic view of the old statue...
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