Journeys end

Well, Twizzles and I have been Home for a day now. Having had time to sleep and reflect on our adventure I’m ready to write my concluding post.
It feels like we were away for months but in reality it was 12 days.. 304 hours.. It sounds so small but this time last week we were flying back to Poland from Kyiv. I worked out that we covered 3304miles in 304hours which means our total average speed was 10.86mph lol. I’m rather pleased with that score :-)

So to sum up for anyone who wishes to follow us… Auschwitz is incredible (lonely planet is a bit wrong here, it takes 2hours to get there from Krakow by train and you can easily walk to the museum and to Birkenau… Allow a day). Wieliczka salt mines are an absolute must (20 mins by train from Krakow but check times coming back. If you come out of the ‘miners entrance’ afterwards head down towards the square and head left, if it’s hot there’s an ice cream kiosk on the edge of the square, allow a day if you want both tours). Kyiv is amazing, definitely a must see. Make your life easier and learn how to translate Cyrillic letters to Roman letters but make sure you learn Ukrainian not Russian as there are differences in the two alphabets just as you find in European languages.
Finally my beloved Gdansk…. Take a few days, wander the streets, visit Hel and Sopot, take a boat around the shipyards… Go and see the monument at Westerplatte and at the shipyard gates. You will never find hospitality like you find in Poland.

This has been the most amazing experience and Twizzles and I are already planning our next.

I’ll finish by thanking everyone who helped make this journey for us. Firstly, and most importantly, let us all give thanks to the Liquidators of Chernobyl, without their sacrifices the long term effects of the disaster would be far far worse than they are today, Twizzles and I saw their work first hand and they deserve the highest honour. They truly did save the world.

Thank you to the staff at the hotels and hostel we stayed in. The people at the restaurants, particularly in Kyiv who were so patient with me whilst I butchered their language into some weird Polglishrainian. The friends we made who shared little slices of our lives. To my family near Gdansk and once again to our readers and followers.

We wish you all fair winds and clear skies

Дуже Дякую
Zombie & Twizzles
Xxxxxxxx

Kiev (not a long one)

Evening from Kiev or Kyiv to be correct about it.

This is a fascinating city. We haven’t seen much yet as we have only been out to find dinner… Which was delicious btw, a similar style to that of Poland with a lot of meat and fish mixed with preserved foods.
Julia who runs our Hostel or Хостел in Ukrainian is lovely and really friendly, we chat together with me in Polish and her in Ukrainian, resorting to English where we have to. The people are lovely but do have some funny ideas about traffic, eg park and drive anywhere including the pavements lol. The Metro is a soviet relic which means that many of the original stations are almost palatial in design. Bit grotty now though, shame really as it was one thing the soviets did right.

Not going to put much more in here as we have to be up early to fulfil a dream I have had for many years.
One last thing tho… If you can, fly Ukrainian international airlines, the stewardesses are gorgeous lol. Twizzles won’t mind me putting that, she knows i’ll always behave myself.

Till tomorrow then,

Peace love and DFTBA

Zombie xxxx