But thank goodness for friends such as Volodya who offer to help. Volodya is a student at Ukrainian Bible Institute in Donetsk. But you can't fool me, I told him. You're obviously a weight-lifter. So here we are, luggage already on board, filling time until train departs.
This is an overnight train, one of the longest trains I've seen, with 19-some carriages. It runs daily between Donetsk and Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Thinking 40-60 passengers per carriage, depending on type. So it does end up being lots of people. That means making new friends.
Welcome aboard. Here's our flight attendant on the left and your friendly guide on the right. ;) But may we direct your attention to the steps. They're steep and narrow. And when it comes to navigating the steps with luggage, it's sure is nice to have a muscle-bound friend in tow. (Or maybe that would be vice versa - to be in tow behind a muscle-bound friend.)
How about you dear blog reader. Have you had the pleasure of riding long distance trains in Eastern Europe? Please share your adventure with us!