Captain Matt (a.k.a Monger) returns to the Ukraine for a long Weekend
Just as the summer was about to come to an end I found myself being able to take some time off, so thinking about taking just a long weekend away to lift ones spirits I chose to go back to the Ukraine, but this time not back to Kiev the capital but to another city, something new, something different, just what I needed even if it was going to be a bit out of season, not as warm weatherwise and a bit outside my comfort zone.
My chosen destination – Lviv, an amazing place apparently, situated in western Ukraine close to the Polish border with a lovely picturesque old town and Centre where all the bars and nightlife is. In parts, I imagine of all the best bits of Krakow and Prague and a bit of Riga Latvia too thrown in, but above all with it being the Ukraine and still amazingly inexpensive I would get more ‘Bang for my Buck’ for everything, for food, drink and entertainment.
Here, out on the streets just like in Kiev would I see Gwen Stefani lookalikes and other eye candy just popping up everywhere prompting my cock occasionally to stir inside my pants and just like in Kiev would I be propositioned by the same semi pro girl next door types to take them back to my hotel for more than just coffee with of course the GF experience thrown in too.
Ok, let’s stop talking about it and get on that plane before Brexit ruins everything for me, or the world comes to an end, whatever comes first!
Wizz Air to Lviv
With check in time alone around 4.30 am outward bound, very early start all round, actually very hard on the mind body and soul if you are not prepared for it but don’t fight it I say just go with the flow, I’ve been around the block enough times now to know the score and for such a short weekend trip at least I’m not going to lose most of that first day by arriving in the afternoon or even at night probably still feeling tired and saying what the fuck, and with my return flight leaving at the more civilised time of around lunch time, if I wanted to I could stay out as late as I liked on my last night with no worries about over sleeping or just feeling like shit, remember this 5-star monger general is no longer a spring chicken.
With a friendly all girl young cabin crew on both sectors, Wizz Air which took me there is one of the better low cost airlines in my opinion with the added option of being able to purchase seats with extra leg room. Going, I slept throughout in surprising comfort, touching down in Lviv just under 3 hours later at 11am local time.
Lviv Arrival Old Town
Quick passport control etc with stern looking fit as fuck but unsmiling female immigration Border Control officers and very soon I was standing outside the main terminal building contemplating whether to catch one of the two bus services into town or just take a taxi for the short only 4 mile journey into the old town and centre which has got to be another big selling point for this destination. Nice too that to greet me off the plane it was nice and sunny that morning🙂
In the end I opted for the slightly quicker with fewer stops trolley bus no 29 service direct from outside the airport terminal into the old town costing 5 UAH (less than 0.20p) but reading a sign on the bus on the way it occurred to me that I should have paid the driver an extra 5 UAH for any luggage I had, very naughty of me. Stopping a few times and taking around 25 minutes I got off next to the University which is very close to the old town.
Walking now and 5 minutes later passing the first pub I saw, the Winston Churchill, I crossed over the large Svobody Avenue square finding myself right bang in the middle of the main tourist part with Rynok Square dating from the 14th century close by being ground zero.
Pausing, for a few minutes just to look at the amazing architecture take some pictures and take in the atmosphere the vibes felt good. At the first mobile phone booth I saw I purchased what I thought was a good sim card deal with Vodaphone giving me as well as local calls, unlimited fast internet all for 75 UAH and deciding to kill 2 birds with one stone also changed some euros at what I thought to be a good exchange rate.
Next stop though was to find my hotel dump my case, unpack and get all that out of the way and do what I like doing best in any new place, just randomly walking around, exploring every corner and nook and cranny with no plan and no fixed agenda.
Hotel wise it took me a bit longer this time to pick and choose my accommodation there, was toying on the idea of an apartment of which there are many in the centre but my previous experience in Baku has still put me off. Really, with committing to something like an apartment I’ve got to see the place first and regarding the hotel situation in Lviv, although reasonably priced the larger affordable hotels which ticked all the right boxes for me seemed to be quite a hike to get to, to and from the Centre.
The hotel I finally chose was the 3* hotel Lviv centrally situated on the main boulevard just behind the Opera House and on arrival I was checked in by two lovely girls at reception.
Glancing at my room key card on the way up in the lift I read that outside guests can only stay in the hotel from 8am to 11pm at night, no problem there, potentially a bit of afternoon delight or a bit of early evening delight sounded good to me. Definitely a functional Soviet style tourist hotel with no thrills I paid a little extra for a larger Deluxe room with a double bed which was €55 Euros a night including breakfast. Both clean and comfortable the room was ok with a TV with lots of channels, room service and a handy small empty mini bar type fridge which I soon put to good use stocking up with some beer and water and couple of chocolate bars from the supermarket on the same street.
Coming up in the next instalments
To get the ball rolling go for an erotic massage and amongst other things check out a strip club.