What is left to tell

The last two days of our trip through western Ukraine: A long bus ride to Lviv, a meeting with Edgar Hauster and a last walk. Farewell Ukraine, I will return!

On Saturday Sylvia and I returned from Chernivtsi (Czernowitz) to Lviv (Lwow, Lemberg). A long bus ride of nearly 8 hours through the gorgeous landscapes of Galicia and Bukovina – rolling hills, blooming poppies, and grazing horses. The bus stopped in places we would have loved to explore: Snjatin, Burshtyn, Rohatyn.

In the evening we met Edgar Hauster, who is on the road again with his motorbike. This time he is on his way to Georgia. On his route are those parts of Transnistria, where Sylvia and I have not been. Edgar writes a great blog and I recommend it to everyone!

On Sunday it was time for me to say goodbye. We walked to the ghetto memorial and passed the Jakob Glanzer Shul, one of the former Hasidic synagogues. A thunderstorm came down, we moved from doorway to doorway to stay reasonably dry.

In the afternoon I flew via Vienna back to Cologne. Sylvia will stay two more days in Lviv while I already look back with nostalgia to the trip. But I will return in July.

My thanks go to all who have supported our journey: Elena Tsvelik and Anna Royzner, who helped to locate the Tulchyn ghetto; Gerhard Schreiber, who shared his memories of Tulchyn and Cariera de Piatra; Vasyl Yuzishin, who brought us with patience to all the places we wanted to go; all the friends we met – you know who you are; all those who supported with comments and advice; the wonderful team of George Hotel Lviv; and of course, Sylvia, who shared her memories and trusted me. I’m grateful to all of you!

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2 thoughts on “What is left to tell

  1. On Sunday we had a thunderstorm and more than cats and dogs in Berlin as well. Thank you, Christian, all what you are doing is bringing back to life many memories, many stories told a long time ago.The cemeteries you discover and show us, it is history, sad history, and a picture of present reality in Eastern Europe.But how exciting for you to visit the small towns, where people just make a living, the poverty there but also their efforts to connect to the modern world, places long forgotten here.
    Thank you and Sylvia, and hope to meeting you again for a longer time in Berlin.

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