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Hell I spent 2 extra days in Budapest just trying to organize plane tickets to fly to Kiev, Ukraine plus ticket to Ethiopia & UAE! The idiots at eDreams had given me a booking confirmation but wouldn’t issue a ticket cuz they were having trouble with the payment (their words not mine)! But they wouldn’t tell me wtf the problem was but did ask me to send them photocopies of my passport plus the front & back side of the credit card used to book my flight (no other flight booking website I used had requested that before)!
So when I got to the airport for my flight I didn’t have a booking or ticket!!! So f*ck had to buy a ticket at the airport if I wanted to go to Kiev! Wasn’t too happy about having to pay for a ticket at the airport but shit happens! But what would really piss me off is if I don’t get a ticket for my multiple destination flight from Istanbul, Ethiopia, UAE back to Istanbul!
So guess it seems like I regard many places like shit holes ! But really it’s mostly BIG cities in many parts of the world that I think of as shit holes! So I try to either miss or limit my stay in cities like Guatemala City, Managua, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, Panama City, Jakarta, Nairobi, Cairo, LA, etc, I think of Toronto as one too though I go there cuz have family there but dislike the city!!!
Hell Istanbul is a big crowded city of 10 million which is over crowded, hard to get around but really think it’s a bit of a shit hole too! But I‘m using it as a base on this trip cuz got a cheap ass ticket there! Love Turkey but find Istanbul too big & crowded but it’s a good base to go north to Eastern Europe, south to UAE, Ethiopia & east to Iran, Syria, Iraq & Georgia, etc
Guess I just enjoy smaller cities I visit in most countries. In the Ukraine I find that Odessa is more my kind of city as it’s smaller even it has less things to do than Kiev!!
I guess the worst think about my travel thru the Ukraine is that I couldn’t read Cyrillic script! So to me it’s like difficult to match say a map & street signs to know if they are at the same place! At least with Latin characters I can match words to maps etc even if I can’t pronounce or understand them! I found the same with Japanese characters when I visited Japan which is the home of my ancestors! Btw think Tokyo is a bit of a shit hole too!!
But hey I travel cuz it’s about the local people I meet in countries, cool interesting travelers & the crazy wild & maybe even dangerous adventures I encounter along the way! It’s not about seeing churches, statues, museums, etc as they all start to look the same after a while! But it’s the individual characters that one meets that I don’t usually forget!!! I couch surf as much as I can but not to score a free bed to sleep but to meet cool interesting locals to hang with! Hell met some in various cities along the way plus hoping to meet one or two in Moldova & Romania! Cuz to me it’s the people I meet along the way that makes my trip awesome not the sites I saw!!!