Beach time with Mike and Yusif has arrived and I am heading into Odessa city center to meet Mike. I have been here for a few days and have yet to actually swim in the Black Sea. This is always really important to me. I love swimming!
I meet Mike and just across the road is Yusif. Yusif tells me he had a wonderful sleep. He woke up to cockroaches in his bed. My first thought is of the movie, Joes Apartment. LOL. Yusif doing a little song and dance with them, and they all living happily ever after. However, he tells me this did not happen, and he has moved to a new apartment.
Instead of walking to the beach, Mike tosses his thumb up to hitchhike right in the middle of the city. This is a little new to me. I guess if you speak the language, you can make a deal with a local to drive you to the location you want, for a fee. Normally a little cheaper than a taxi. Almost like car pooling, mixed with taxi / hitchhiking. Not recommended if you do not speak Ukraine, or Russian though.
A lady picks us up and drives us to the beach. Pretty cool, considering in Canada, I waited 2.5 hours and never got picked up and here we get a lift from a lady!
At the beach, Mike gets us a bed with a large umbrella for 200 UAH ($10 CAD) for the day. You don’t have to rent one of these, but it is nicer than sitting in the sand.
Mike and Yusif sitting on one of the beds.
The day at the beach was really nice and relaxing. I am sure I fell asleep for 10 minutes while laying on the bed. The water was cool, but refreshing, and the girls. Amazing! I love you Ukraine!
Later in the day, Mike and Yusif take a ride on what is called, Batman. It a big blowup thing, that they use a Seadoo to pull. If it goes fast enough, it gets lifted off of the ground. I did not go on it, because I was worried it might hurt my back. I have to say, watching the video, I am a little jealous.
Some random pics from the beach.
The beach was pretty fun, but its time for Mike’s next adventure. He is taking us on a boat cruise around Odessa.
Mike’s friend, and his girlfriend, pick us up in their car and take us to the boat. For whatever reason, I do not remember their names.
Anyways, the boat tour was pretty awesome. It lasted about an hour and we got to see some nice views of the beach, and water front.
After the boat tour, we were all hungry and headed to the best place in Odessa for pizza.
I wish I had some pictures of the pizza, because it was awesome. I ate way to much, that is for sure.
After pizza, that was it for the night. It is late, close to midnight and I decide to walk back to the hotel from the city center. Almost a bad mistake!
I was a few blocks from my hotel, in that really nice area I told you all about. As I pass 3 younger guys standing on the side, walk. One starts to follow me, and quickly gets beside me. I had a bad feeling about this and also noticed there is no one else in site. So, as he says something in Russian, I know the best thing to do, is not to let him know I am a tourist. I say nothing, but my hand directly in his face, in a stop position. Give him, I will kill you look and keep walking. They end up following about 5 meters behind me until I cross the street to my hotel.
I still have no idea what he said to me, but I know it was nothing good. Maybe asking for money, or asking if I want to fight. I heard random guys will do this in the streets. However, I cannot confirm this, as I do not understand what he said.
Another amazing day, hanging with friends, ended with a little heart racing. Still wouldn’t change any part of it.
A few pictures of the area my hotel is in. During the day, not so bad 🙂