Practical advice from Cora
- Just noticed that Cora asked me to forward the following email to the group. Apologies for the delay! David
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Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: [czernowitz2006] Don't eat pork in Romania !
Hi David, I am not too good at posting on the yahoo site so please send this message along for me to everyone:
Hello all, Three years ago both Rudy and I got severe food poisoning from eating in a restaurant in Sadagura. We never got sick from eating in peoples homes. So when David talks about pork, I would add that because sanitation and refrigeration is not so great, even in better restaurants, I try to stay away from meat completely. This is not always easy because everything smells so good.
Some other tips while I am at it:
-The Hotel has a computer room that I've used but had to pay and they act as though they are doing you a favor for letting you use it
-There is a computer cafe a little too far to walk to, but not too far and reasonable
-Bring small bills $20's are good and lots of $1's
-Hotel rooms don't all have screens on the windows...there is a lake nearby so I suggest a good bug spray
-for those of you are serious coffee drinkers, I suggest you bring your own
-I buy 2 liters of bottled water at the last airport I arrive in (before Ukraine) as I only drink bottled water when in Ukraine and it is not always readily available upon arrival
-there is a supermarket that sells only products from Germany and Poland and this is a good place to buy food if you are concerned about Ukrainian packaging and canning
-there is a pay phone in the lobby of the Cheramosh that accepts phone cards that you must buy elsewhere...a bit complicated. However, you can make long distance phone calls from your room but it is expensive....also 800# work in some places.
-always ask how much the fare will be before getting into a taxi...driver may pretend not to know your language but he does....
-unless they have changed the phone system in the rooms, you can not plug in a phone line for your lap top computer.....I will try to find out from the hotel if this has changed as my family will be communicating with me via email.....
-make sure your family knows your room # and how to say it in at least Russian...most of the people at the front desk do not speak English.....
-carry toilet paper and wipes where ever you go....no details needed
-sanitized hand wipes or lotion are a blessing when you go out into the community
-be prepared to walk on uneven, overgrown ground...sneakers are still best bet
Will send more info as I think of it...pls let me know if this helps
Looking forward to meeting everyone
Cora T. Schwartz
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- Miriam (Mimi) Taylor <mirtaylo@...>
I have been to Czernowitz in June 2003 and 2004.
I ate and drank only in hotels and restaurants; meat, fish, mamaliga,
soup, cake, wild strawberries, coffee, water and Vodka.
In the village of Klivodyn, I even drank from the well which had been
belonged to my great grandfather. And from a metal cup which hung on the
I had not problems whatsoever, neither did my husband who grew up in
Scotland and had never been to primitive Eastern Europe before.
On a recent trip to Britain, my son picked up scarlet fever, I came home
safe and sound twice from Czernowitz and three times from Romania.
Anyhow, there are as many physicians in this group as in a small hospital,
I cannot remember whether there were nets over the windows, it does not
matter, Czernowitz is not in the tropics, not even in the subtropics.
When I was a child we sang: "Maikafer flieg" my dictionary translates this
to "Cockchafer fly". Since we are going to be there in May, we could assume
that there would be beetles, but the original song went on:
Der Vater ist im Krieg, die Mutter is in Pommerland.. So I do not think that
it was of Czernowitz origin.
I did not see any lake near the hotel, just a small forest with a very loud
cuckoo, bring earmuffs.
The climate is the same as in Vienna, Munich, Zurich, North Dakota.
and Quebec city. In June it can be hot, not likely in May.
The latitude is 48, the altitude 200m.
Dress as you would in any provincial town in Europe or America; nice, neat
and without ostentation. If you are going to the villages, bring some shoes
for walking in "blotte" - Ukrainian mud, the like of which there is nowhere
else. Some Czernowitz streets are cobble stone streets.
Bring all your own little luxuries, it is not likely that you will be able
to buy them in Chernivtsi.
Taxi service, this from the Cheremosh:
>And do not worry, all will be well,
> 3. Taxi / private cars: According to your request in advance we will arrange
> cars for your clients. Our city municipal cabs charge $ 5-7 per hour in the
> city limits and out of the city $ 8-12 per hour ( depends on the distance ).
- liebe leute, about this song....my version of this went mutter ist im pommerland, pommerland wird abgebrannt, schlaf kindlein schlaf. does anybody know the origin of this? pomerania as such is in north germany and i have just phoned a friend in vienna who also grew up with this....so it is not of czern. origin. regarding food poisoning : you can get this anywhere and certainly my family of 4 ate our way through all sorts of places in czernowitz and all that happened was that we enjoyed the food too much as evidenced by the fact that 2 of us put on weight! cornel