Friday, October 23, 2009

Travelling around Odessa

A naval hero of Odessa, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

One interesting thing about Odessa is getting around. There are buses, mini-buses (old and bew), trams, trolley buses and taxis. And then there is the unofficial way of getting around, which has Sergey standing by the side of the street and putting his hand out a little way from his body, whereby a car, usually one of the first to pass will stop. Sergey tells them where we want to go and negotiates the price (which is chepaer still than the price of an offical taxi) and in we climb and off we go. These drivers have avaried taste in music, from death metal to folk to trance, and often like to drive very fast when the road is clear, when they are not getting up to drive along the tram rails, overtaking the traffic jam. Great fun!

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