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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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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.
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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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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2019, 10:40:22 PM »
Loved the flower stories.

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« 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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« 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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« 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.

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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2019, 07:02:33 AM »
Wishing you a fulfilling trip..
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« 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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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2019, 03:29:29 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.

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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2019, 06:05:13 AM »
Hi guys,

I just returned home last night.  Had a great trip overall with a couple of snags.

First was the flight over.  I flew British Airways, connecting in Heathrow. I had a tight connection scheduled - plane to land at 06:50, 2nd plane departs at 08:10.

My friend who dropped me off at the airport said BA had uncomfortable seats and horrible service.  I discovered the staff friendly - when I checked in, the agent upgraded me to window exit row seats free of charge.  However, the seats were uncomfortable.  They were very narrow.  I kept rubbing elbows with the skinny old man sitting next to me.

Also, the flight schedule wasn't very convenient.  Flight departed Boston at 19:10.  By the time I was tired enough to sleep, we were 1 hr away from landing.  Then all the announcements started, from the captain and the crew about the status and landing prep.

After we landed the real annoyance began.  We landed in Terminal 5.  My connection was in Terminal 5.  I thought "great" - I didn't have to catch a tram or bus or walk a mile.  But we landed in the C gates, and my connection was in A gates, which I found out by guesswork because the information board in C only showed flights departing in C or B gates.  I found out it was a partial list and the full list was in the A gates.

About 30 minutes later I got to the A gates part of Terminal 5, and found out I had to go through security again, this time through the slowest and the most thorough screening process I've experienced.  We were herded to a section with 2 xray detectors, but 1 wasn't working - either the machine was down or they didn't have the minimum required staff to run it.  20 minutes later I got to the area where you place your items on the bin. 

The staff made me take out all liquids and gels and place them in a separate plastic bag.  The made me throw out my toothpaste - even though it was clearly empty to about 50 g/ml remaining, with 3/4 of the tube flat and rolled up, the agent said the original container was larger than 100ml in size. 

Then I waited another 15 minutes to get my carry-on and backpack. There was 1 woman there going through everyone's bag one by one, opening and swabbing every compartment for the chemical analyzer.  She even had to process some bags twice, because of a limit of how many compartments can be swabbed with one stick?  I had to get a supervisor to get them to process my bags out of queue because I would miss my flight.

Fortunately I made the connection with about 5 minutes to spare. 

Then I discovered BA doesn't serve complimentary drinks or snacks on "short" distance flights.  Not even water or soft drinks.  Everything required purchase.

Anyway, out of an 11 hr flight, I was able to get about 2 hrs of sleep.  But it was all worth it to see T again, though initially I walked right past her because she remade her hair, wore sunglasses and blended into the crowd.  She never waits at the partition - she waits a bit back at the area where the taxi drivers start hustling you.

She was playing and wondered if maybe I was playing not noticing her.  I told her about the flight and that I was exhausted.


I will write more later about the tax id and power of attorney shenanigans.

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Re: Newly Joining the Married Club: Steve and T
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2019, 07:31:13 AM »
initially I walked right past her because she remade her hair, wore sunglasses and blended into the crowd. 

NO WAY!!!!!!!   :ROFL:

I imagine the rest of trip progressed better than the anxiety filled connection through Heathrow.  At least the supervisor listened to you. 

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« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2019, 09:02:31 AM »
WOW nightmare regarding flights and changing planes !!
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« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2019, 09:33:30 AM »
Dear Steve,

I have not flown BA within Europe as they went down market..charging for everything.

Sounds like there might be an even higher level of security than normal.

UK airports are more thorough re security than most...

That is either good or bad, depending how risk adverse one is.. ))

It is worth pointing out that if transiting via UK airports, that security IS likely to delay, but normally those on near departure schedules are taken to the front of the queue, if you point this out.

Glad you found T

Enjoy

@ML

What is ' a nightmare' about a good security check...as long as the staff are polite?

An empty larger than permitted toothpaste tube could be used as a 'reaction chamber'...The security officer was correct to remove it.(



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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2019, 09:51:09 AM »
An empty larger than permitted toothpaste tube could be used as a 'reaction chamber'...The security officer was correct to remove it.(

I can agree with that logic, if they also prohibited my 500ml empty stainless steel travel mug.  But they allowed it without batting an eye.


Also, the bags exit the xray machine into a sorter that sends it to the chemical search line or to passenger pickup line.  On the return trip yesterday, they only chemically searched 2 of 7 bags.  Not sure why they searched all bags on Thursday. 


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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2019, 10:07:37 AM »
this is why if you ever want to leave Ukraine with "contraband" you take the train from Kyiv to Berlin and THEN fly to the USA

Ukraine won't search you at all
Poland WILL consider searching you to just to make sure you're NOT smuggling cigarettes, but once they see your nice American passport they will smile and move on
Germany won't search you XRay only
America won't search you XRay only

and now it's yours....
postcard or whatever....

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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2019, 05:08:26 PM »
On Friday a few things happened.

First, we got a call from Tís sister saying her son, Tís nephew, stepped on and cracked the screen in his brand new iPad T gave him.  He had it for less than a day.  T bought it for him in the states but held on to it because her nephew wasnít getting good grades in school.  Finally Tís sister agreed to let him have it on Thursday. 

We visited them Friday night for bbq.  I took a look at the iPad.  Tís nephew stepped on the bottom, to the left of the button.  A 1 inch section was caved in, and the cracks spidered up and across from there.  The iPad was still working, so they should be able to get the glass screen replaced.  Tís nephew looked so miserable.  He never broke other devices he owned, including smartphones.  Hopefully heíll take better care after itís repaired.


After breakfast we headed into the city center, near Shevchenko park, to go to a paralegal service that does translations and power-of-attorney forms.  They told us they only did POAs for their company, to perform actions for me.  They couldnít or didnít want to provide a POA that named my wife as the executor.  They said we could get it done at a notary.

So we walked a few more blocks in 30 deg C heat to a notary, to find they were closed.  Then we walked a few more blocks to another one, and they said they can do one only with a certified translator present.  We asked them if I could apply for a Tax ID if I went to the tax office in person, and they said yes.

I checked google maps and found a tax administration office near the Olympic metro station on the M2 line.  But T said they might have a long queue of people, and decided to go to an admin express service office, near the University metro station on the M1 line.  We were at the SW end of the botanical gardens and had to walk about 500 meters uphill to that office.

When we got there, they said they donít process tax id request forms.  Only the tax administration office handled that. So we took the M1 metro to transfer to M2 at Maidan station, to Olympic station.

Aside:  This was the first time I used the metro in Kyiv, and I was impressed.  The trains were fast, plentiful and relatively clean.  And the escalator ride was extremely long - must have been 5 or 6 stories deep in a few of those stations.  Also, itís extremely affordable at 8 UAH.))


When we got to the tax admin office, we had to take a ticket and wait at Window 8.  Window 8 was empty, with a sign stating the PC was being backed up (or something like that - T didnít translate it verbatim).  After about 30 minutes a lady showed up.  She called our number and T explained what we wanted.  The lady said we were at the wrong office - we needed to go to a central tax admin office.  The office we were in only handled tax issues for the residents of that district of Kyiv.

The lady gave us the address of the correct tax office.  On google maps it seemed to be near Zhuliany airport.  There was no nearby metro stop and it was too far to walk.  So we took an Uber.  Once there, T was able to get the form and fill it in for me to sign.  We had a translated copy of my passport with us (we needed one in November and had an extra one made).  It came in handy because the tax lady would not have accepted my information without it.

Success!!!....almost.  In order for T to pick up my tax id information, which would be ready after 3 days, she will need a power-of-attorney form from me. :wallbash:


Anyway, next time I visit I can pick up the tax id information, or have a POA document done here in Massachusetts and mail it to T to have her get it translated and apostled.


 

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