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Rachel and Stevey’s Travel Diary

Friday, 11 Mar 2011

Location: Dragobrat, Ukraine

MapSteve and I just spent four days at the ski area Dragobrat. It was quite an adventure with limited services and even fewer English speakers. We stayed at a pension with breakfast and dinner included and each meal was a new experience, with things such as buckwheat in the morning and pickle and potato soup in the evening. We met some Ukrainians about our age on the way there and they helped us buy ski passes and order the best Ukrainian beers. Their names were Sergii, Olga, Sergei, and Sasha, and they all live in Kiev. Super friendly and fun to ski with as well. We rode an UAZ, a Ukrainian made vehicle that Steve's sights as his favorite ever of all time, the last 18 km on a dirt road with the driver that just so happened to be waiting to take passengers from Jasinya to the ski area. We bought ski passes by the lift ride rather than the day and they were all but one just rope tows, and slow ones at that. We had two days of sunshine and two fresh powder days, potentially the only ones of our season. We followed up this neat experience with the polar opposite one at Bukovel, the "European standards" resort in Ukraine...high-speed quad lift chairs, much more expensive ski passes and lodging, women walking around in furry boots, and cappuccino machines at every corner. We had just one day here and it was worth the visit, if nothing else to have robes and shower slippers and breakfast buffet included as well as many more kilometers of ski terrain. And today? We head towards the Romanian border. Woo hoo!