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7th September

Our last day- tomorrow I fly out and back home to little old NZ.

Today we plan a very quiet day. Some local sight-seeing, pack the bags, go to the ballet and get a good night’s sleep in readiness for the long haul home.

Marina has run out of steam. Walking 10-20 km each day has taken it out of her despite the fact that she’s 15 years younger than me.

We go to the Pushkin Museum, a major disappointment. Apart from that, we spend most of the day in quiet introversion, lost in our own thoughts about what a great time we’ve had and how it will all end tomorrow.

I spend much of the day looking for the 3 final souvenirs that I want- a distinctly Ukrainian beer mug, some Odessa Postcards and one of those traditional embroidered tunics. Alas I am unable to find a beer mug that I like. All the ones that I saw in both Kiev and Odessa were unattractive and/or poor manufacturing quality and/or nor genuine Ukrainian. I finally give up on this. We get lucky and finally find some of the traditional tunics, including one that I like that fits me. The lady in the shop was delightful and she gave me as a present a pack of about 20 Odessa Post Cards.

The ballet was great. We had booked a box which was a new experience. Ever since I saw Dr Zhivago 45 years ago I’ve always wanted to go in a box at the theatre. To be honest, the view from cattle class seats is better.

When we return to the apartment we begin the process of packing. A very interesting experience. After 12 days we finally experience tension between us. I should have known better. I have very poor spatial ability and Marina is CNC Machine Programmer which means she has great spatial ability. We pack, unpack, repack, unpack, repack etc. Finally the bags are packed, everything fits and we get to bed.

Posted by chrisbakernz 21:37

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