There is a small country named Moldova that I almost forgot! Hey I cannot pass in the area and not visit the 1 drinking country in the world! So let's go this way, that's a perfect plan because I can stop on the way in Kamianets-Podilskyi, small town that a lot of people recommended me.
It's in the middle of a national park, that sounds interesting. People might think "hey dude, just take a bus! But no, I should resist the temptation! For hitchhiking's sake! And I was right because after 1h30 of waiting and a small change of location a car stops for me! Inside, Bogdan is a friendly potter who is going to his atelier in a small village on the way. Not as sexy as in Ghost but that's a good start :. He shows me how he makes bowls in 45s. Wow that's impressive!
This guy is for sure mastering his art. Then I'm invited to try it but believe me that's much harder than it looks ;. They show me their atelier, that's a little family activity just next to the house. They offer me 2 nice handmade cups as gifts, and stop their work to invite me for a big lunch with all the family. Wow I would never have expected this, now I'm very glad that I didn't give up and take a bus. You never know how hitchhiking will turn out :. That's not a lunch, that's a festin!. After eating Bogdan takes me in car to a good place to continue my way to K-P.
I quickly catch another car and head slowly to my destination. Well she doesn't know them personaly but she had feedback from other couchsurfers saying that they were nice, so let it be! Andrey and Vika's live in the small old center, and welcome me with much kindness and careness. I immediately feel comfortable and surrounded by positive and peaceful minds. Vika is a journalist and has a lot to do with the war that started in the east of the country.
Andrey is about to reconvert into a hiking guide for the woody hills around. He invites me to join his team to explore a maybe-future-new way through the forest, and walk in the heights, deep into nature.
That sounds nice! So the next day I join them into a dense forest 20km away from K-P, the idea is to discover and prepare new ways for the tourists. We are literally exploring the forest :. The walk is hard because there is absolutely no path here, we have to avoid branches, spines and plants-that-will-remove-your-skin-solar-protection-and-you-will-get-heavily-sunburned. But it's pretty and we manage to join a stream that they know. We walk down the stream and after 20 min we stop. They take out of the bags a lot of stuff and start to make a fire, attach ropes around What is going on here?
They are building a tent and put stones in the ash Oh guys are you preparing a sauna? Right here in the middle of the forest?? Not naked yet, but soon will be hot They put natural essences in the water that they pour on the hot stones.
Mmmmmh that smells like mum's garden Then I'm invited to jump into the cold water to refresh myself Still don't stay too long, it's very cold!. We repeat this several times, and believe me that makes you feel soooo good and relaxed afterwards. We pack everything and start to walk up to reach the top of the hill where finally the view gets opened and Then we walk down to the river where a guy from the resort on the other side comes to pick us up in a pedalboat, we cross the river at sunset and the light is just The next day is also sunny and perfect to visit this little city.
It's so small that I have time to have fun with playing music, visit the city center and visit the castle in few hours. Wanna see how it is like?
Well you don't have the choice :. The old center is build on a height with a canyon surrounding it. In the evening I prepare a marvellous tapenade for my hosts before having some rest for my next destination : Moldova!
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