After the palpable sense of relief when we finally breached the border into Ukraine last night this morning brought the realisation that there is still a lot to do. Ultimately we must reach the airport at Chișinău (the only one in Moldova) for a flight that departs at 8.40 pm. Before then we must complete … Continue reading Odesa at last
Double bubble …
The objective of today was to make it to our accommodation in Ukraine before curfew at 11 pm. Ideally we would be there before sunset. After all: driving after dark in a country understandably concerned about invasion and therefore pock-marked by machine-gun-toting youths feels at best ill-advised. Our plan was to be up at 6 … Continue reading Double bubble …
Transylvania for Hallowe’en?
As we approached Brașov we were joking that if this was a Hammer Horror film no-one would believe it. Picture the scene. Two friends decide to drive across Eastern Europe in an old van and, as chance would have it, find themselves staying in the heart of Transylvania on the night of Hallowe’en. Patches of … Continue reading Transylvania for Hallowe’en?
Will we leave on Wednesday?
In the last post we detailed the range of work that Jenny needed doing to her. Joe the mechanic at Wimbledon Auto Centre has been putting in some massive shifts on our behalf - regularly working from 7 am to 11 pm in a monumental effort to enable us to set off first thing this … Continue reading Will we leave on Wednesday?
Cher arrives! #Post 10
We are delighted to hear that yesterday Cher and her impressive load of aid were delivered to KNP "Artsyzskaya Central District Hospital". Artsizskaya Central District Hospital is a large support hospital in the centre of Bessarabia (which is in the Odesa region). One of Cher's many roles will be to ferry seriously ill patients from … Continue reading Cher arrives! #Post 10
… and now the real work starts. Post #9
It does very much seem the "luck of the draw" as to the experience of crossing the border. Aid worker Paul's (AWP's) previous experience was that avoiding the crossing at Krakovets' was always preferable. Other crossings are far swifter and the officials at them have a more welcoming attitude towards aid. Nonetheless, buoyed by Daniel's … Continue reading … and now the real work starts. Post #9
A day of twists and turns … Post #8
WARNING: this blog post contains repeated requests for funds! Support Ukraine We wrote a while ago that we had learned about the inevitable mutability of plans. Tuesday showed that in spades. This is what was meant to happen: a bit of a lie in, breakfast at the amusingly named Hotel Hubertus in Rzeszów and then … Continue reading A day of twists and turns … Post #8
Nearly there now – post #7
The original plan seemed easy. It seemed clear. Drive (just) into Ukraine. Hand over an ambulance to a large Ukrainian. Get a taxi from the border to Kraków airport and then a flight home. The reality of trying to fit into a global relief effort is a different though and and thus we found ourselves … Continue reading Nearly there now – post #7
… and they’re off! Post #5
First thing today we and Sunny (our ambulance's new name - thank you Granny Anne!) rolled down the hill in Wimbledon and set off for the Eurotunnel terminal some 80 miles away. Once we get there we'll only have another 950 to go! https://videopress.com/v/BLupco6Q?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Yesterday was hectic. Having decided on a name (sunflowers being Ukraine's … Continue reading … and they’re off! Post #5
Shifting sands and changing plans … post #4
So we should have realised that driving an ambulance to Ukraine would not be like booking a holiday ... The sheer number of people that we need to rely on or fit around, issues that need to be addressed and realities that need to be accommodated is eye-opening. Since our last post we have really … Continue reading Shifting sands and changing plans … post #4