Goodbye Ukraine

Yesterday i spend my time with Pavlo an underground rapper, who was really helpful.
He helped me to get around the city and helped my to find the way to the next host.

Today was my last day in Ukraine.
I had an interview with the leading regional newspaper in Donetks area: the Donbass.
After this i bought postcards.
Everyone who send me an adress to yesterday evening got one… i am sorry for Mikhail and Felinia…but you will have another chance.

After this i went to Vlad who actually is the reason why i got the INterview, he is cameraman in a lokal TV-channel.
(i sadly notice that i did not make a picture with him 😦 )
There i met Katja. With her i made a walk through Donetsk:




And i think at this point it is nessecary that i show some churches, because they are golden and every where…






this computer is so slow, i  will write again when i am in Dehli!!

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Donetsk

Yeah i am finally in Donetsk and from here i will fly away!

I will not hitchhike in Ukraine again.
My last driver did the tour from Kharkov to Donetsk in 3h…his average speed was between 150-180 km/h o.O (he was a Policeman…)

I will probably write another entry with Pictures and everything…

so long Ole

p.s. everyone who thinks he answered the Quiz correct should write me their address on Facebook 🙂

last days, russian visa, impressions and future plans

When i had 6h time in Lugansk i found these Teenagers on the street, some of them playing music etc. It was some fun time.
In the train i met the chinese guy again (sorry but i forgot your name…i hope this is not becoming the rule ^^..)At night it became really cold…we are in Ukraine and it is september…stupid Ole
but the sunrise was really beautiful and misty.


When i arrived in Kharkov, i met with alan, but he had no space in his apartment.
So i used the last bit of money on my german phone to call roman…and again everything worked out well!
when waiting i fed the birds at the trainstation…crazy experience…i can just recommend everybody to do this at least one in life!

This is Roman.
He is a taxi driver, and therefore really knows the city and has a car.
So for the last 3 days he brought me to the embassy and helped me with everything.

this is where i live at the moment…

THE RUSSIAN VISA (damdamdaaam)
1.Day
i arrived early, because there are always many people waiting.
When i finally got in the embassy, i apparently had not evey document, so i had to go out of theembassy to read which documents i am missing.
The guy could not just simply tell me, that i need a copy of my passport…ahh right he could only speak broken english…ok i can accept this!
So i make a copy of my Passport, and get out my insurance card.
i thought for a transit visa the visa of the next country is enough proof, that i WILL leave Russia.
But i was wrong…
The guy told me that i need a train or airplaine ticket for a transit visum.
Well i did not want to fight so roman brought me to the train station (thank you Roman)
And we bought a ticket, from kharkov to semigl mar (look at the last post, i gave you a route)
when we were finished, the embassy was closed.

2. Day

Even though i was in the embassy the day before i had to wait really long, when i entered, i wanted to have everything perfect, so i even printed out my whole insurance information.
when i sit in front of the guy, he looked at the documents very long without saying anything.
Then he looked at the tickets.
“Do you know where Rtischiva is?”
“i looked it up on Google”
“google for ever”
SO he looked it up then. And then he told me that i can only enter russia by train…blablabla
i was really convinced, that this time everything worked out.
But apparently i had to fill out a new application form because i did not list the whole route i am travelling. Online it only said i should list the place i am visiting in russia, not my whole route!!! *grrrr
This was to much, they have no forms in the embassy, so i had to go to an internetcafe…when i came back the embassy was closed of course…i started to hate this guy!

3. Day (today)

Embassy did not accept any visa applications today…because they need at least 3 days for processing…i will not get a visa for Russia.

–> I will not pay the fine, the russian Border gave me for trying to enter Russia without a visa…so i will have an Entry Ban for Russia for the next 5 Years…FUCK Russia!
I dont like Dictatorships anyways…
The other side of the Medal is however, that i won’t enter Kazachstan and Mongolia..sadly!
It would be to expensive to fly there and then to mongolia…

sooooo WHAT DO I DO NOW???

I fly to india!
Yesterday night i had a very intense dream that i have to go to India very urgently to learn something…i don’t know what i have to learn, i just know, that i have to go to Leh, Ladakh…
So i decided that if i do not get a russian visa today, i will fly to inda…you know the result!

so i stay here till tomorrow, and then i hitch hike to donietsk, where the airport is.

And now some impressions:

What does this Symbol stand for?

Do you think this is an rarity here?

Is this a normal Kharkov city street?

What is the name of this Person?

Is this a witch, a crazy woman, a shopworker or the official Kharkov city cleaner?

What is this?

So Long and with socialist regards
OLE

P.S. : The one who first comments all Questions right gets a personal Postcard from Donietsk.
I beg all Ukrainian People not to answer the Questions, this would be unfair 😉
P.P.S. I decided, that i will do this kind of quiz from every Country i am in 🙂

Kharkov

really short Post:
1. I hate Russian Bureaucracy!
2. I will leave Kharkov hopefully at the 8th of September by train!
(http://tinyurl.com/cnaut4d)
3. I really hate Russian Bureaucracy!
4. I still don’t have my Visa (as you probably guessed already)
5. I can only repeat myself: Russian bureaucracy is a PAIN!

so long Ole
p.s. else than that Kharkov is nice 🙂

p.p.s. detailed entry comes when i get the visa!

Sleeping, my first CouchSurfing and the russian Border

My 1. Night.
Dogs in the morning+Trucks in the night = almost no sleep

Sleepy after the 2nd night, place was way better even though it was right next to the highway. But the problem was that i had no water left, and was thirsty the whole night…well i survived it as you can see!

This is Anya, my first couchsurfing host.
You might remember yesterday, when i said i found somebody for the night…that was her, but i had to get to her house.
She wrote me a description for the way, but i did not think about asking her for the real address, i just knew i had to get out in Novosvetlovka at the Church.
When i arrived it was 22:00 o`clock and i had no idea where to go.
But suddenly 3 20yearoldes arrived and one eventually spoke a littlebit english.
So i asked them if the know somebody in this village with the name of Alina or Anna because i forgot her Name (really embarassing i know)
After some phone calls they brought me to Anya…i made it somehow.
And then it was paradise: A warm meal (if you have not eaten something warm for 6 days, you will know how i felt :)), chinese Orloong,  a bathtub full of hot water and a real bed.. Perfect
I can only recommend travelling to lugansk 🙂

Well Anyas parents brought me almost to the russian border and i could almost smell russian Air (i left ukraine) but i had no russian transit Visa…
Then i spent 3hours in the back-office of the border guards.
Fighting my way through bureaucracy with half broken Russian-englisch and a russian-german Dictionary from my Grandma (danke nochmal dafuer, das war meine Rettung, weil Bezirksamt haette ich einfach nicht auf russisch gewusst)
After 3 hours they told me i have to go to the Consul in Charkiv or Kiev to get a visa… well yeah.
So i took the bus back to Lugansk…where i am now…in the same internet cafee as yesterday, and wait for my train to arrive (i have to wait 6h) … yeah but i already found a chinese guy who studies spanish and russian here in lugansk, and we`ll travel together 🙂
so everything might turn out well!

So long Ole

Ukraine

i am sitting in an internet cafe in Lugansk
http://tinyurl.com/8pbfbe5
this is my way!
i made it in 2 1/2 days, i am kind of proud of me.

In odessa i spent my last 5 days with two of my friends (Sergej and Mola) but they left for germany on the 28th…Now i am on my own!

I am looking forward to reaching Kazakhstan, Almaty.
Ukraine is beautiful, but you can see decay everywhere!
but the decay is not the worse!
Neither is the swiss-cheese roads or the chaotic bus system!

The worse is not understanding a word the people are saying or understanding one word that is written anywhere…
i know this is not getting better in kazakhstan, but maybe they can talk better english than i can talk russian…(yes thats mainly the case here!)

While  writing this i found a couchsurfing host here in lugansk, that means i don’t have to sleep in my “pallatka” (tent) this night…which is really great.

i have a lot to process, maybe i write again tomorrow