June 19: This morning we walked across the bridge over the Tisza River, from Romania into Ukraine (the western, European-leaning part). Passport control was less trouble than anticipated, so we transferred to a new bus and were on our way before 10 AM.
Our first stop was in a place, near the town of Rakhiv, which is calculated to be the geographical center of Europe. Elsa and I stand at a marker signifying this "special" place.
In addition to many souvenir vendors, the place had a restaurant whose walls were covered with antiques: tools, cookware, keys,... and in this case, musical instruments. Some ladies in our group were enjoying a midmorning coffee.
Moving on, we came to the resort complex of Bukovel, where we will stay overnight. It's intended mainly as a ski resort, but is fairly busy even in summer, especially since Crimea is no longer a viable vacation destination for many Ukrainians. The complex was built by an oligarch, and has a somewhat Disney-World flavor. I was impressed by the geometry of this log cabin construction.
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