While going to the market Peter and I met a young university girl that wanted to practise her English and come with us for a bit. Her name was Svetlana Rud, she spoke VERY GOOD English and I ended up meeting 9 times and she showed me Lutsk.Years later a friend of hers from Lutsk, now living in Canada, saw this website, notified Svetlana and she...more
Svetlana Rud & I spent hours here. She gave me her family history. She was not an easy woman to forget.Peter knew of her, wouldnt go into detail and constantly urged me NOT to think about her.In the end he was 100% correct. The Ukranian guy she married abandoned her. She is now divorced, one child and living somewhere outside Madrid.I emailed her...more
Cey Remo Has Great Pizza! If you Order the Chicken Pizza Your going to Love it! If you ask for Sausage They will Look at you like your Crazy! But Go Early or Call ahead for Reservation! They Pack em in! Ladies Also Serve the Best Smiles Around! Located Near City Center In Lutsk All is Good!more
These days Lutsk has many good places to eat. Even a McDonalds. Back then, restaraunts were few and the ones I tried were..uh...lets say BAD at best. I stuck to shashlik(meat kabobs) and HOPED it was beef or pork;-) I also shopped for my own food at local shops that is, if and when, they had anything.The cheese shop was a great standby, it always...more
I THINK ROSE CAFE IS THE BEST CAFE IN LUTSK......INTERIOR DECOR IS VERY GOOD...YOU CAN DRINK HOT & COLD SOMETHING WHILE YOU ARE RELAXING....ONLY I AM STILL THINKING ABOUT WHY 2 WAITRESSES ARE SMILING TO ME )) AND THEY WERE WHISPERING EACH OTHER WHILE THEY ARE LOOKING TO ME ))) ... ACTUALLY YOU CAN FIND A FRIEND EASILY IN ROSE CAFE AND CAN GO OUT...more
THERE IS NO ANY SUBWAY/METRO IN THIS SMALL CITY..THE BEST WAY TO TAKE A TAXI..IT COSTS BETWEEN 10 Hr (2$) AND 30 Hr (6 $) ACCORDING TO DISTANCE...THERE ARE ALSO SOME MINIBUSES (WHITE,YELLOW OR BLUE COLOUR) FOR TRANSPORTATION AS YOU SEE IN THE PHOTO, ACTUALLY I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOIN...more
This is the Orthodox Church in the epicenter of LUTSK...Svetlana and I spent hours at mass here. It was as brightly ornate as Lutsk was blandly grey. She shared with me a detailed chronology of her family history and their Orthodox Christian religious practices in the face of the anti-religious climate in the Former Soviet Union for the prior 70...more
I just got off the phone with Peter..seems LUTSK has made it to the bigtime...they now have a McDonalds downtown (!)...(there goes the nieghborhood Peter..lol)REMEMBER..in 1993 they didnt even have one in KIEV...we went all the way to Moscow for a BIG MAC...hey whats 1,000 miles for ' 2 all-beef patties special sauce yadda yadda BOOM!'more
ACTUALLY TAXI FEE IS ACCEPTABLE IN LUTSK ..AROUND (2-5 $) ACCORDING TO DISTANCE...BUT I SUGGEST YOU TO ASK DRIVER THE PRICE BEFORE YOU GET IN THE TAXI BECAUSE ONCE A DRIVER REQUEST ME 15 $ INSTEAD OF 5 $........I REFUSE HIM AND ANSWERED THAT I WILL CALL THE POLICE..THEN HE SAID THAT HE MADE A CALCULATION MISTAKE ..BLA..BLA..BLA...I GAVE 5$ AND SENT...more
WE WERE INVITED TO A WEDDINGSo, I was staying at a hotel no one knew the name of, on a street no one knew the name of and went to a wedding in a town outside Lutskthat will forever be as nameless as the above... It was a long bumpy trip to 'wherever' for thew wedding which was quite nice. So after the wedding we were napping in the small 20 person...more
It seems LUTSK has made it to the bigtime. They now have a McDonalds downtown!(there goes the nieghborhood..lol) REMEMBER in 1993 they didnt even have one in KIEV so we effctively went all the way to Moscow for a BIG MAC. Hey whats 1,000 miles for '2 all-beef patties special sauce yadda yadda BOOM!'
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BRING PLENTY OF ASPIRIN! Despite nameless hotels, streets and wedding towns, Lutsk was a memorable experience. It was a comedy of errors capped off by me getting a case of bronchial pneumonia that lingered for four months after I returned to Florida.
The downside is Peter obviously read this and hasnt emailed me in months. hahahahahaha...Oh well. I guess life is good in Massachusetts.
Like I said..Ukraine and Russia was heaven and hell almost daily..despite it all....It was an experience of a lifetime!...
In the OLD TOWN..on Ulitsya Krupskoi west of tha castle is a 17th century church that was once THE MUSEUM OF ATHEISM under the Russian occupation of Voluyn...it is now a church again..this is a statue of Lesya Ukrainka..a famous woman poet whose statue is nearby.