Monday, October 3, 2011

Kharkiv/XT3 Letter 15


It's good to back in Ukraine. Weird as that is, I'll explain. Bulgaria is wonderful and nice and pretty much a dream mission. Ukraine might just be the opposite but I LOVE IT OVER HERE. Walking the streets of Sofia is awesome and everyone should do that before they die, but walking the streets of Ukraine is just another story. You never know what you're gonna get (say that is a Forrest Gump accent).
 
Elder N. and I took a train down from Kharkov to Donetsk, which we barely made by a matter of 5 minutes. We ended up taking a taxi because the metro was soooo slow but we had about 20 minutes before our train left and 30 minutes to get there. Do the math and you will see that it's not possible. I'm here typing to you all that yes it is possible. We told our driver that we were in a hurry and asked him to do his best. He certainly did. We got to the train station and then we ran as fast as we could to the platform. It was a sight for sure and boy oh boy am I glad that we made that train. I have no clue what we would have done if we didn't make that train. Then we rode down and got to Donetsk. There we did paper work and played some basketball and then got all together and waited for the morning to come. We woke up even earlier and got picked up and went to the airport, which is a lot nicer than I thought it was when I first came in. I thought that it was a dump but that is a nice building. Then we crammed into a plane and rode to Kiev. That was an alright flight and then we waited for about 5 hours till our next flight was ready. We met up with some other missionaries from the Kiev mission and flew with them. Sister W. and the K.'s, a senior couple. We got to Vienna and then made our next flight also by a matter of minutes and flew to Sofia. Once we got there some office elders came and picked us up and drove us to the mission office. Elders I remind you. I was a bit jealous because they get to drive cars and what not. They showed us the apartment which was a spitting distance away and then we went to dinner. After dinner we came back to the place and got ready for the next day.
 
Elder S. and I got up a bit early and started the Sofia adventure trying to find a Dunkin' Doughnuts. After stumbling across all of the cool things to see we finally found DD and KFC. We got two dozen doughnuts and made our way back to the place to share with the others. Then we all went out and had a good time seeing everything. We went into the churches and saw pretty much everything the city has to offer. It's a great clean city. I'd love to go back and have more time seeing everything. After some walking around we got tired and found a place to eat and ate and then walked some more and then went back to the apartment and ordered some pizza. There was a lot of eating going on. Then we all went to bed and then woke up early, again, and got in a car and drove back to the Sofia airport. Just so you know when you fly into Sofia you feel like you're in SLC for a bit and then you realize that no one speaks English and then you look at the signs and it's all in Bulgarian. Then we flew back to Vienna and then back to Donetsk. It was the same flight that we took when we came in and it was interesting to see it all again. The weather turned south for us and it was cold and raining. Thanks Ukraine for the welcome back. Then we stayed for the night and drove back up with President Compero and his wife as also as the AP's. It's been a long week of travel and I've been really tired the past few days.
 
That's pretty much all that happened the past week. I was in Bulgaria and traveling. I'll attach some photos.
 
Love Elder Frank Young

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