The longest separation ended! I'm coming over 💙

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It has been 6 months since I last see Nataly and my mom - the longest and the loneliest being apart ever. But today it's over. 🥰

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I got over my depression and uncertainty and got train tickets. I will come for three days, alone, without Nick, but I really need it.

I'll tell you how things are. Train tickets go on sale 2 weeks in advance. To catch an inexpensive ticket, you need to do it quickly. I bought return train ticket for 832 uah (~25 usd), while most tickets cost 1500. It's a night train with the trip duration 11 hrs and a half. Not too bad.

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Our railways started a security check like it is in airports. So passengers are recommended to arrive 40 mins earlier than usual. I had 2 heavy bags and a backpack so Nick came to help me with baggage. He was nervous about the trip, so we arrived more than an hour before 😆☺


Previously, trains had one specific point A and point B. Now the train is flexible. My route started from Kryvyi Rih, then Kyiv, then some cars go to Przemyśl (Poland), and the rest have a final station in the Carpathians.

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My seat was is in the car of "headquarters for public order" or simply staff car. Nick assumed it is the most quiet car. 🙂

This is what a compartment car looks like. In one compartment there're 4 berths. Among the unusual - all windows without exception are taped from inside, so that glass shards cannot hurt passangers. And the sound of air raid alarm was also unusual. It started just before the train left. Maybe this is why Nick slept very badly because he was worried about me.

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As for me, in recent years I have hardly slept on the train, that's why I travel by car. But this time we have a gas shortage and a curfew, and I didn't want to stress myself out with yet another uncertainty.

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A cup of tea before going to sleep, served with cup holders traditional for Ukrainian Rails. 😄 Do you have something like that in your country? They replaced glasses (of glass) with disposable glasses.

Speaking about other countries, I never slept in night train abroad, but they aren't so terribly noisy, I'm almost certain. Usually, it's not too annoying because I used to it, but not this time. Crash sounds made me think about the horror that were feeling those people at night who rode these trains from east to west, running away from the explosions.😱 It was a moment this night, when I heard a whistling sound and then like an explosion or a roar. But the train continued to move, and I thought that either it seemed to me, or they didn’t hit us...


The morning was fresh and nice. Despite of expectations that train will arrive with delay, which is quite common now, we arrived in time! I took a taxi, it was very cheap. 20 minutes later I hugged mom and Nat 🥰🤗🧡 I didn't take pictures coz they looked ... well.. sleepy 👻 My poor mom looks so small and skinny, she has lost 18 kg during her surgeries and such...

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Okay. Nat is a person who always take pictures 😄

My healthy breakfast that someone else has prepared for me. 🥑🍅🥖🧀🍮😋

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Nat share pictures with me in her stories, and immediately started to pass greetings for me from her friends and acquaitances, it makes me feel like a superstar with bunch of fans whome I have no idea about 😁

P. S. If you knew how I was expected! Nat cleaned the house, she even cleaned an oven for our cooking master class. Her boyfriend vacuumed kitchen and the room! My mom bought wild strawberries, ahh, it's so expensive! And it's all so touching and sweet! ❤





All right. My girls went to work, and I have a long day on my own. I shouldn't spend it indoors, agree? I gonna visit a hairdresser, walk around, maybe take a few shots on my camera (see if I can) and in the evening I'll meet with my other family and return home before the curfew.

Have a wonderful weekend with your loved once!



See you!



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Nice one visiting the family and surely long overdue if it has been months, Good to see them all, and I guess with everything that has been going on your connection has grown only stronger!

The train looks really good actually for a night rider, head under the pillow for the noise and time to zzzzz.

crazy with the tape on the windows...wow!

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Since we live separately, I used to visit them once in 1 or 2 months, so this was long indeed ) But I'm time doesn't change our connection.

Pillow can't help with the noise 😁 It's like ... all carrige around you is crashing and creaking, lol. You should try it somehow.

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Hi @zirochka
We are all happy with how you feel today. You have really succeeded in "killing" the longing and loneliness of you and the people you care about. 6 months is not a short time to feel it all, is it?

Anyone's little heart will share what has been experienced by people like you. That what happened in your country has damaged everything, including the heart that is full of love and has to suffer physically and mentally.

May everything end soon and return to normal in peace and love.

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I know how it feels being away from family. Glad you got to unite again after what seems to be a while.

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I'm so happy you're able to visit your mother and daughter!

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I didn't expected myself that I will be so happy 🌞

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Reading this really bought tears to my eyes, I'm so happy for you that you can see Nat and your mum after so many painful months. And you look so happy, you definitely deserve it.

By the way, the station is so beautiful, I truly hope it stays that way forever.

Enjoy your time with your mum and Nat ❤️

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By the way, the station is so beautiful, I truly hope it stays that way forever.

I know what you mean and ... eh, we didn't think of it that way.

It was the longest morning today. I couldn't sleep, opened news and saw message about explosions in Kyiv in my district this morning, and that they hit another target where the hubby of my friend is right now. 🤯😱 This feeling when you don't know details and staring at the screen waiting for reply...

Thank God they all are okay although Nick said it was loud...

Well, at least I had 2 nice and quiet days.

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Oh no😫. It's fortunate you were away, you don't need to experience more bombings. Please be very vigilant when travelling back to Kyiv by yourself. Safe trip back home.

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Thank you, dear Pauline 🤞🤞🤞

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Lovely to see a smile on your face. Enjoy your time with your precious family. 💖

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"I didn't take pictures coz they looked ... well.. sleepy 👻"

In our excitement usually, we forget pictures but memories fix in mind are permanent, they can't be scratched. We should wish for good memories.
Happy to know your meeting with your mom, no doubt all mothers are best friends of their daughters.

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So happy for you!! 😘😘😘

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So wonderful that you are getting a change of scenery for a few days and seeing your darling daughter and mother again! Traveling by train is not a common thing where I live, but seems to be a reliable and affordable option in Europe and parts of Asia. I hope your visit is fun and satisfying! 💗

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Дуже приємна сердечна розповідь! Дякую, що поділились ❤️

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А пам'ятаєте, я вам писала, що скоро будете бачитись і все буде ок. А ви сумнівались. Все буде добре. Тішуся за вас.

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Дякую 🧡

Тут ніхто не вірив, що я приїхала вперше за півроку, лиш отепер. Такі дивні відчуття тут...

Але двом своїм найдорожчим людям я дуже рада. Навіть не знала, наскільки це мені і їм потрібно.

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I have been so out of pocket lately that I have been missing your posts. I was so touched by this post. You went to see Nat and your Mom! ❤️ That makes me so happy to hear that! I know how much you miss your baby girl!

Everything looks so normal at the station. I don't trust normal anymore.

You look so happy. You look so very happy.

Safe Travels back. xoxo

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So much love I can see (read) in this post! Your smile in the first pic is simply fantastic and it talks more than 1000 words ❤️ Enjoy your time with your mom and your friend, warm hugs from Italy! ❤️

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You are so kind and sweet, thank you, dear Silvia. ❤

It was just 3 days and 2 nights, but I missed my mom and my sweetheart, my daughter 🥰. It was even better than I expected. I returned home today, but I think about them all day. Now I have good memories 💛

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