This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
I made the mistake of taking the bus company (Prosto Bus Plus) at its word. The joke is on me as my bus ride from Kyiv to Warsaw is not shaping up to be what I thought…especially since we keep pulling into fix-it shops…
Bus Trip From Kyiv To Warsaw Is Off To A Flying Start
One reason I chose to take a “Prosto Bus” to Warsaw versus the train to Chisinau was that the bus advertised:
- generous legroom
- onboard restroom
- 220-volt power ports
- hot drinks
I wasn’t convinced that legroom would actually be generous or that the wi-fi would be functional, but I did expect there would be power plugs and a restroom onboard.
So at 2:20 pm I traveled to the Kyiv Central Bus Station ahead of my 3:00 pm departure to Warsaw and arrived at the station around 2:35 pm. There were no departure boards and my ticket did not list a departure berth, but with the help of some kind young people, I found my bus.
A driver was checking names off a manifest and my name was on it. He checked my passport, though when he saw it was a US passport he waived me onboard without even looking at it.
The bus, by the way, advertised all the amenities I mentioned above on the outside of the bus as well:
But stepping onboard, any guesses as to what I found?
- tight legroom
- no Wi-Fi
- no onboard restroom
- no 220-volt power ports
- no hot drinks
The only power onboard was a 5-volt USB-A charger in the overhead console that did not have enough juice to actually charge anything.
And can anyone tell me what this lovely splotch is on my curtain?
Thankfully, I came prepared with a power bank that could charge my laptop and my mobile phone (multiple times).
I had an assigned seat, but no one paid any attention to seat assignments – it was a free-for-all onboard.
I found a seat in the rear of the bus and the seat next to me remained open, which turned out to be a huge blessing. Legroom was brutal.
At 3:07 pm we pulled out of the station and began our long journey.
But less than 30 minutes later, we pulled over to the side of the highway. The driver and his relief (there were two drivers that took turns driving) spent the next 2o minutes jumping and kicking on one of the wheels.
I’m not sure what they were doing, but eventually, we took off again.
20 minutes later we pulled up to a fix-it shop (service garage) and stopped for a moment. I figured it was a flat tire, but the shop was closed and we took off again.
We drove for another hour and eventually stopped at another repair shop…only it was closed too. So we continued.
I have no idea what is wrong with our bus, but we are moving toward Poland…