14 06 2012 Euro 2012 – Train to Kiev

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Today was a new experience. I gave up the bumpy roads and went on the train to the capital city of Kiev.

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Kharkiv station was its normal self until about 20 minutes prior to departure when it suddenly got very busy.

With over 500 passengers, the new high-speed train was a sell out.

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A few weeks ago the Ukraine launched a new train.

A high-speed train connecting the various host cities.

At a maximum speed of 160 kmh it’s not the fastest train I have ever been on.

To be honest it’s not that much special than a train that runs on the Welsh Coast. It certainly is not a Shinkansen or even resembles the TGV in France or the German trains.

But it is far better than those bumpy motorway roads.

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Literally ten minutes before departure it started to rain. Rain more, then lash it down with strong winds.

Everyone was soaked!

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The trains were brand new. My £27 first class seat far cheaper than an aeroplane flight and three hours quicker than a road trip.

Only the locals were moaning though. Apparently it is three times more than the now old trains that trundle along stopping at every station.

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During the second half of yesterdays encounter between Netherlands and Germany I drank two and a half litres of water in the hot conditions. Today I was still thirsty and purchased lots of drinks for an American, two Germans and a Dutch man sitting near me with the cost hardly denting a hole in my wallet.

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Amazingly, the highlight was free wifi! Taking a call on Viber confirming that an offer had been put on my house for the asking price. The past 3 weeks hard work of house restoration had paid off – happy days!

As we got closer to Kiev, it started to rain again!

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Kiev Railway Station was a mixture of Eastern European architecture and modern glitz. A massive arrivals and departure electronic board snuggling in between marble pillars.

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The locals were fast asleep in the waiting room. Probably the best picture of the tournament for me so far! But no ball in sight!

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I left Kiev Station behind me and walked through the puddled streets to my new hotel. Hundreds of Sweden fans around. No England!

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2 responses to “14 06 2012 Euro 2012 – Train to Kiev

  1. Loving Matt !

  2. Jonathan Moscrop

    Hello mate, like the black and white!!See you soon……er or later!!

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