Ukraine Travelogue -
Visiting Villages near Lviv

Thursday August 17, 2006

This is the short version of the travelogue. There is also a Long Version and a Slideshow of Kusten Photos with 178 images, plus videos, for this day.

The original plan for today was to sleep late and then do a 3 hr walking tour of Lviv. However our relatives were now all getting giant parties planned for us all day on only a day's notice! I was completely thrilled to have this opportunity to meet everybody. We got up at 9am. In short order we were driving the 1.5 hrs north of Lviv to the village, driven by a male relative and accompanied by Anna, mom's cousin.

Lviv Map

First we stopped at Anna's house. We were joined by several relatives including Anna's older sister Yakoslava.

Kusten Photo

After a lot of "pre-lunch food" we moved on to Eugenia's house, the other sister of those two. This is where we had our "real lunch".

Kusten Photo

Right across the street from here was the field where Baba's mother had been born. The house has since burnt down. We stopped at the family graveyard, then another home briefly, then went on to our third real stop, which was a white house.

Kusten Photo

We ate more and talked more here. Finally it was time for the final stop, meeting with Sofia - Baba's youngest sister. Sofia is the only sibling of that generation still alive.

Kusten Photo

We ate more food, sang some songs, and heard a lot of stories about what it was like to live back then.

Finally it was time for the 1.5 hr ride back, and then dinner with Anna, her daughter and another family member. We ate at a traditional Ukrainian restaurant and I had piroges. When I got back to the room I was well prepared for a LONG sleep since I hadn't slept much at all until now, but my mail server had completely fried and I had to reinstall everything from scratch, long distance. I was very lucky to have a direct internet connection in my room. I was up until 5:15am fixing that!

Friday - Exploring Lviv
Slideshow of Kusten Photos - 178 images
Videos from Kusten


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