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Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« on: May 11, 2019, 07:26:52 PM »
Hi,

I decided to start a new topic for the next chapter of our relationship/story/adventure. 

The first posts will be about our long distance relationship - T flew back to Ukraine on May 6.  I am planning to finish the IR-1/CR-1 spousal visa application for her to submit this Monday. 

But before that, I wanted to share some experience I had recently with flower delivery service in Ukraine:

Flowers.ua:  Pretty good.

I convinced T to send some flowers to her Mom in the Donbass region using this company.  They did a bang up job, but I noticed the prices of flowers were about 20% more if you select the English language and currency option on their website.  T used the russian version and used her PrivatBank card - no worries.


ua-flowers.com (UFL):  Poor

I purchased flowers for T yesterday.  Her favorite are peonies, and May is the only time they are in bloom.  Flowers.ua didn't have any peonies, so I went with ua-flowers.  My spidey senses should have gone off when the woman I texted with suggested some roses to fill the arrangement because they didn't have enough peonies.  I told them to select whatever flowers complement the peonies except roses and daisies (T's least favorite flowers).  The flowers were to be delivered to T's hotel this morning at 10:00.  They texted her at 11:00, when she was out for breakfast and meeting friends.  Surprise ruined.   

T told them to deliver the flowers to the hotel when she returns at 18:00.  They did deliver them then.  However, when T sent me a photo of the flowers....no peonies whatsoever.  Just some roses and lilies and filler greenery.  WTF.  Sort of defeats the purchase of the 15 white peonies arrangement.... :wallbash:


T, being great as ever, sent me kisses and hearts for the flowers...at least for the thought.  But she was rushed and we didn't get to chat much - she had to meet a second round of friends to celebrate her wedding.  They told her to bring the marriage certificate.  They said there was a tradition for her to buy a number of rounds of drinks for everyone that matched the last number of the certificate.  She took 1 of 2 that the town hall sent us, but didn't look at the certificate numbers.  I have the one that ends in 7, she took the one that ends in 8.

The last I heard a core group closed out the bar and continued the party at her room...

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 03:02:21 PM »
Flowers.ua:  Pretty good.

I've used people that I've met or that I knew to buy flowers and while I spend a
few more Rubles, it's worked far better than anything else that I tried.

I've met a number of Angel Eyes friends when I visited her and I had a friend in
Voronezh as well. Getting her friends to buy her chocolate, flowers etc was Easy
Peasy and they all went above and beyond.

I would send them an email say on February 25th for flowers/candy on March 8th.
I would give them a budget of $40.00 and then send them $55 or so. They would
always exceed anybodies expectations including my own.

I would bet that there are far more cost effective ways of doing this but I was far
happier with what I got for my money.

That's just my two kopecks

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 03:23:21 PM »
Poor

NOTE: I don't advise sending flowers to somebody that you have met 90% of the time

Having said that, I was exchanging letters with a couple of girls from Kiev.
One girl was named Betty (not her real name) and the other was named
Dorothy (not her real name either). I hired a total idiot named Delbert
(not his real name either) to buy flowers and a card for each girl and to
take a photo of the happy girl on this happy day.

Yes, 2tallbill was juggling multiple hotties back then.

So Delbert called Betty and gave her flowers and a card that said Dorothy on
it. Naturally Betty was pissed off and yelled at Delbert, picked up her phone
and yelled at me and then chased Delbert down the street swinging her purse
at him when he asked to take a photo.

So, what do you think Delbert did next? If you were me you would think that
Delbert would have learned something at this exchange, because he obviously
f#cked up royally.

However Delbert didn't learn a damn thing. As a matter of fact he got even
more stupid as he called Dorothy on the phone, arranged to meet her and
gave her flowers and a card with Betty's name on it.

Naturally she got pissed off and yelled at Delbert, then she picked up her phone
and gave me a piece of her mind and then Delbert who's tiny little mind was
incapable of getting anything right asked to take a photo so he could send it
to me and got chased down the street by another irate Devushka.

I called Delbert and asked him how was it even possible to screw up twice? 
I could see if he farmed out this task to two different people, but he did the
deed all by himself, twice in one day. 

If he had a brain in his head, after giving the flowers with the wrong card to
a girl, he should have said............. OH NO, I gave you Franks flowers for his
girlfriend. Please give them back and take these, I am so sorry I don't want
both Bill AND Frank to kill me.

But alas, no such luck.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2019, 03:25:48 PM by 2tallbill »
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There are a hundred ways to be successful and a thousand ways to f#ck it up
Kiss the girl, don't ask her first.

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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 01:14:55 AM »
NOTE: I don't advise sending flowers to somebody that you have met 90% of the time

Having said that, I was exchanging letters with a couple of girls from Kiev.
One girl was named Betty (not her real name) and the other was named
Dorothy (not her real name either). I hired a total idiot named Delbert
(not his real name either) to buy flowers and a card for each girl and to
take a photo of the happy girl on this happy day.

Yes, 2tallbill was juggling multiple hotties back then.

So Delbert called Betty and gave her flowers and a card that said Dorothy on
it. Naturally Betty was pissed off and yelled at Delbert, picked up her phone
and yelled at me and then chased Delbert down the street swinging her purse
at him when he asked to take a photo.

So, what do you think Delbert did next? If you were me you would think that
Delbert would have learned something at this exchange, because he obviously
f#cked up royally.

However Delbert didn't learn a damn thing. As a matter of fact he got even
more stupid as he called Dorothy on the phone, arranged to meet her and
gave her flowers and a card with Betty's name on it.

Naturally she got pissed off and yelled at Delbert, then she picked up her phone
and gave me a piece of her mind and then Delbert who's tiny little mind was
incapable of getting anything right asked to take a photo so he could send it
to me and got chased down the street by another irate Devushka.

I called Delbert and asked him how was it even possible to screw up twice? 
I could see if he farmed out this task to two different people, but he did the
deed all by himself, twice in one day. 

If he had a brain in his head, after giving the flowers with the wrong card to
a girl, he should have said............. OH NO, I gave you Franks flowers for his
girlfriend. Please give them back and take these, I am so sorry I don't want
both Bill AND Frank to kill me.

But alas, no such luck.
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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 01:23:24 AM »
I remember one time. I was quite close to an ukrainian driver from Kiev with whom i had friendship (he came to my marriage).
He asked me to buy and bring some flowers to his girlfriend while i was in Dnipro.
I did, you have a a big shop almost on Karl Marx beside the restaurant "reporters", go there because the flowers are very nice.
I met his GF in Moct first floor.
I was quite in trouble because her GF was really georgeous and i also understood in few minutes that she wanted to leave Ukraine and date internationnaly. In few words she was with my buddy but not for too long.
I was in trouble and i couldn't do anything because i value and respect friendship very much.
So after ten minutes i left and all is history now.
Read : "Operation white panther"
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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 06:28:35 PM »
I missed my chance to line up local florists and other services when I was there last winter.  I am going to try to recruit her friend - specifically her friend's son who speaks and understands English really well.

T is currently in Cherkasy, collecting her car from her aunt and meeting some relatives.  Tomorrow she'll drive to Mariupol.

We have plans to meet in Copenhagen in August.  I have a rental car reserved and rooms booked in Oslo, Bergen, Gothenburg, and Copenhagen for a grand Norwegian fjord tour (plus 2 days in Gothenburg).

I am debating taking a short trip to Ukraine in June.  I can only do a long weekend with my current work schedule, but I want to surprise her on her birthday.  Flight costs being costly in June, for some reason, is not helping.


Has anyone here have experience setting up a Ukraine bank account?  Now that we are married, can I apply for temporary residency?  Krim? Mendy?  Rwd?  In the next few years I will have the option to telecommute and thought about living in Ukraine for several months each year.   If you have any information or tips, please send me a private message (to not clog up this post).  Thanks.


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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2019, 08:45:44 PM »
you need to get the equivalent of a social security number before opening up a bank account in Ukraine
don't deposit more money than you're willing to lose...
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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019, 09:07:08 PM »
For the record--recent changes in the law in Ukraine allow "foreigners" to open a bank account.
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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2019, 10:40:22 PM »
Loved the flower stories.

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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2019, 08:43:45 AM »
Unlike most countries (outside USA), Ukraine allows for set-up of US Dollar accounts.

Be sure to do that, to eliminate loss of purchasing power from continued depreciation of hryvnia.

But, even with USD account, you will still have risk of fraud, bankruptcy, nationalization, etc., etc.

Yes, they have something like FDIC, but may take years to recover your money, if at all.
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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2019, 06:23:39 PM »
More misadventures with flowers.


The other day T made it to Mariupol.  She got there late, at around 2 AM, because she escorted a combat vehicle to the military depot in town.  The combat vehicle had problems with it's electrical system and its headlights didn't work - T drove ahead of it to light the way. 

She doesn't have her apartment there anymore.  She cancelled her lease when she left to join me in Feb.  So she spent the night at a friend's house.  She was up late, so we chatted and chatted, talked about how we missed each other, and we ended the evening with me getting a roundtrip ticket on British Airways to visit her.  We are going to meet in June in Kyiv, with me flying in on Thursday and leaving the following Monday.  T went to bed happy.

The next three days she spent at her friend's house in Urzuf.   I asked T for her friend's son's number.  I met him in December in Kharkiv and was impressed with his level of English.  Anyway...


FLOWERS, ROUND 2:

So I asked P, T's friend's son, to work with his mom to get some Peonies for Tanya.  He agreed.  I texted T and asked her to give P 1000 UAH.  I was expecting her to ask why, but she just said "sure, right away".  I love her.

The next morning I got a text from P - "done".  About 15 minutes later T texted me, thanking me for the lovely roses.   Roses.   Roses?   I asked her about it, and she replied "Babe, this is a small town.  They don't have a great flower selection.  :)"  Did I mention I love her?

I realized it was my fault, for not explaining to P that it should only be peonies and to not get anything if they don't have them.  So I replied to him to thank him for getting it done.


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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2019, 09:25:03 AM »
In a couple of weeks I will head over to Kyiv for a long weekend.  Wifey sort-of surprised me with Kiss concert tickets.  They are performing Sunday night at the stadium.

I grew up during the time of Kiss-mania.  Lunch boxed, backpacks, bookcovers, posters, etc.  I wasn't interested in their music or their concerts at the time (I was in elementary school).  I wonder how they've aged - I guess I will find out.


Also, I have been planning for our August trip to Denmark/Sweden/Norway.   I booked the car rental and hotel/apartments first.  This weekend I purchased the plane ticket on Iceland Air.  I had to adjust the days of my flight to get a round trip ticket for less than $700.  Unfortunately, I had to adjust the dates for some of the hotels and apartments, and the car rental.


Time for some ranting: 

I used National Car rental to rent a compact SUV for 2 weeks, for about $550.  When I tried to change the pickup date by 2 days, the rate went up to over $790.   It only allowed me to reserve a compact car for the previous rate.  Why?  It's not a last-minute change - the trip is over 2 months away.  I ended up cancelling the car rental and getting one from Hertz.  The only problem is the car class is labeled mid-sized, but it stated "Nissan Qashqai or similar".  I hope I get a SUV...

The original plan was to drive from Copenhagen to Olso for 2 nights, then to Bergen for a week, then drive to Gothenburg for 2 nights there, then back to Copenhagen for 4 nights.  Because we are now flying 2 days early, and in order to not have to change the apartment rentals in Bergen and Copenhagen, we are heading to Gothenburg first.   Originally, I was able to book Hotel Bellora with a "friends of ESS" early reservation rate, which included a 25% discount.   The requirement for the rate was to book at least 30 days in advance.  With the travel still over 60 days out, I could not get the same rate when I tried to change the dates.  Again, why?  It showed it had "friends of ESS" rate rooms available, but not with the early booking discount.  I ended up booking an Airbnb apartment instead.

Rant off.


I also changed the Olso reservation.  I cancelled the place in Oslo and instead booked a night in Stavanger to hike to Preikestolen
the following day.  Then we'll drive to Odda to spend the night there to hike Trolltunga the following day.  Then head to the apartment in Bergen. 

I'm not sure what to do for the week in Bergen.  There are many places we want to visit, and half of them are 8+ hour drive away.  We might drive up, spend a day or two near Trondheim, and drive back.

I thought about visiting Tromso, but that is 26+ hour drive away from Bergen.  I found a local Norwegian airline that offers service to almost all the cities, but the round trip flight from Bergen to Tromso is about $350 each.  It's called Wildie.

I wish I researched this part of the trip earlier - that same airline offers an unlimited 2 week flight ticket for inter-city travel for about $550 each.  It also flies to/from Copenhagen and Gothenburg.  It might have been cool to just get this ticket and forego the car rental.  Then spend a day or two at each city - Bergen, Trondheim, Bodo, Solvaer, Tromso, etc.  And perhaps get a car rental in each or those cities for a day or two.

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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2019, 09:32:29 AM »
Steve, sounds a good trip..

Most multi-national car rental companies driving you with the rack rate if you change a booking..

Car rental companies are the bane of my life...I always check for extra charges...

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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2019, 05:19:02 PM »
Wifey sort-of surprised me

I haven't said congratulations on your marriage yet.

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Off to Kyiv for the weekend
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2019, 06:40:55 AM »
Thank you all for the Well wishes.


I am off to Kyiv tonight. Flying British Airways via Heathrow to Kyiv.  I have only 90 minutes for the connection - I hope the 1st leg isn't delayed.

I am going to take my Google Pixel 3 phone with the Google Fi plan.  It's supposed to cover Ukraine at the same data rate. Time to test it.))

Does anyone know if the KBP airport train is still operating?  Last I heard it was hit or miss - maintenance issues.

« Last Edit: June 12, 2019, 09:15:32 AM by SteveInBoston »

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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2019, 07:02:33 AM »
Wishing you a fulfilling trip..

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Re: Off to Kyiv for the weekend
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2019, 12:00:36 PM »
Thank you all for the Well wishes.


I am off to Kyiv tonight. Flying British Airways via Heathrow to Kyiv.  I have only 90 minutes for the connection - I hope the 1st leg isn't delayed.

I am going to take my Google Pixel 3 phone with the Google Fi plan.  It's supposed to cover Ukraine at the same data rate. Time to test it.))

Does anyone know if the KBP airport train is still operating?  Last I heard it was hit or miss - maintenance issues.

All looked fine when I was there just a few weeks ago. They have about three terminal buildings from what I saw so probably will be fine.
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Thank you all for the Well wishes.


I am off to Kyiv tonight. Flying British Airways via Heathrow to Kyiv.  I have only 90 minutes for the connection - I hope the 1st leg isn't delayed.

I am going to take my Google Pixel 3 phone with the Google Fi plan.  It's supposed to cover Ukraine at the same data rate. Time to test it.))

Does anyone know if the KBP airport train is still operating?  Last I heard it was hit or miss - maintenance issues.

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