Travel to Izmail: how it's make?
The bus ride from Odessa to Izmail was very similar to the bus rides I took in China in between cities. There are only sparse houses, and small stores along the way. The road was horrible and the bus was bouncing up and down the whole trip. The trip there took 4 hours and the trip back only took about 3 hours and 20 minutes. We had a young, crazy driver that was determined to go as fast as possible. There were only a few times where the driving was a little nerve racking though.
Izmail has about 85,000 people. There are 3 museums, a couple of art galleries, a beautiful Russian Orthodox Church, and a nice little downtown area. We had a cup of coffee at a bar that was full at 11am of guys drinking beer and girls drinking coffee. The smoke was terrible. Get used to that if you don’t like cigarette smoke. Ukraine still hasn’t gotten the memo about second hand smoke. According to statistics, Ukraine has the highest percentage of its population smoking in the world. 65% of its adult population are classified as smokers.
The girl I was there to see doesn’t smoke. In fact, she hasn’t smoked for almost 8 years and she hates it as much as I do. We had a nice sushi meal and ate ourselves silly, ordering twice over a 4 hour period, and even ordering 5 orders of tea. All of that was less than $25 US dollars. She didn’t want anything extra, and was not looking to take advantage of me or of any man.
I want to warn you about girls that are on the lookout to take advantage of men. I have heard numerous first hand accounts of girls ordering $300 of sushi or $400 of alcohol and shots. Pay attention and don’t feel bad about walking out of the restaurant if you feel that you are being taken advantage of. Stand up for yourself and walk out of the restaurant. The scammers know that you feel bad and will not leave them there with the bill, that is why they take advantage of you. Also, translators are not supposed to order food. So, if a translator is going crazy with a big order, get out of there.
There are plenty of good girls here looking for nothing more than a man to love and to help take care of them. Beware. Keep your antennas up.