I really like Lviv a lot. Maybe because of the great sights, but the hostel definitely helps as well. You know, most hostels tend to be friendly places but The Kosmonaut is an exceptionally good hostel.
Ed and the rest of the staff have been so helpful, from aranging trips to helping with the booking of tickets (which is very much needed since none of the ticket offices have personnel that speaks any foreign language)
They even include free breakfast, free laundry and free WiFI/Internet computer. Which, for the price, is just amazing.
It might help that Lviv is still pretty far from the beaten track, attracting an especially friendly crowd of guests.
Anyway: If your somewhere near Lviv, do visit the Kosmonaut hostel. In fact, even if you’re not, try to visit sometime!
Alas, all good things must come to an end and there is so much more I want to see.
For now, my plan is to first visit Kiev for a few days, then overnight train to Odesa, and take the ferry from there to Istanbul. After that, probably back to Bucharest but I’ll see about that later.
As I write this, my photos are uploading to the webserver and I’ll add them to the gallery sometime tomorrow.
Today I spent some time at the University (Franko), an imposing building but interesting to see. A choir was rehearsing in the large auditorium providing a soundtrack.
My second undertaking was to visit the Lviv Art Gallery, very interesting to see some eastern European painters and sculpturers.
My photos from Lviv are available here (any moment now!)