The Allure of Odessa: When Pictures Speak Louder Than Words

I am not often at a loss for words when describing a place I enjoyed so much. ☺️

DSC_5312Odessa, Ukraine was simply one of those places. There was something about the atmosphere here that allured me and kept me lingering far longer than I had expected. 😍

DSC_5339I was surely falling in love with Odessa. 💜

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No BUTTS about it! 😂

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It is a thriving port city, which for me has the perfect combination of beautiful European architecture, walkable streets, a lively nightlife, and delicious food.

DSC_5322DSC_5327DSC_5360DSC_5355DSC_5299DSC_5359IMG_3496IMG_3504DSC_5376DSC_5331IMG_3588Things definitely don’t operate at a snail’s pace around here! 🐌

IMG_3578But if you don’t like to walk too much, there’s always the option of taking an electric scooter.

IMG_3432It’s also an eclectic and affordable city where you can feel chic lounging at an outdoor bistro with a coffee, be entertained at the many museums and spacious parks, and be indulgent at the many cheap, international restaurants.

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Traveler`s Coffee
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City Food Market
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Georgian stuffed meat pie for 2 USD

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khachapuri or egg bread with mushroom cheese sauce for 1 USD

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Turkish Iskender: lamb with tomato sauce, pita, yogurt, rice, pickles, and tomatoes for 4 USD

Odessa is oddly obscure and quirky, which also adds to the allure .

IMG_3583 The people here are a lively bunch and you never know what to expect around each street corner. People might be singing and dancing in the street, dressing in costume, or randomly joining you at your dinner table. 😂

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Side note: Women here also dress to impress, whatever their style may be.

IMG_3470DSC_5348As I mentioned earlier, this was not a city where I planned to stay awhile, but I found it difficult for me to leave.

DSC_5303DSC_5352DSC_5356DSC_5347IMG_3483IMG_3501I was lucky enough to meet a bunch of travelers here to help me celebrate my birthday, which made the experience all the more memorable. 🎂

YEZQ7861I used the app couchsurfing to meet them, and we all had food, drinks, and great conversation. We even met a local who showed us some hidden bars, like an Irish pub inside the Odessa Passage.

DSC_5345IMG_3519IMG_3513So you might wonder then what finally made me leave this oasis of Odessa. Well, that’s the most exciting of all! Within 48 hours, I had interviewed for a new job, accepted the offer, bought a plane ticket, and was on my way to Bangkok, Thailand. Stay tuned to hear all about it! Until then!

Where to Stay:

While in Odessa, I stayed at Tsatsa and Esther House. Tsatsa was my favorite by far! They have clean and quiet dorms with privacy screens. Most people were also staying there long-term, making the atmosphere more homey. 7 USD/night

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8 thoughts on “The Allure of Odessa: When Pictures Speak Louder Than Words

  1. Dear Megan, first of all, Happy Belated Birthday, best wishes, and many blessings! Secondly, congratulations on your new job – how exciting! Last, but not least, I thank you, and I also thank you on behalf of the International Club of Odessites for this glowing tribute to our beautiful city and for fabulous photos. You have managed to capture the spirit of Odessa, expressed in its culture and the character of its people. If you are interested, this is how it was: https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/hello-ovid-я-вам-не-скажу-про-всю-одессу/
    Incidentally, Zynovij Gerdt as Panikovky with a stolen goose under his arm, mentioned in my post, is pictured on one of your photos.

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    1. Lovely post! Thanks so much for sharing the history behind the humorous side of your city. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there and hope to return again someday. Also, thanks so much for the well wishes! I’m settling in nicely in Thailand already. ☺️ Take care and safe travels!

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    1. Yes, well it was only to move back to one of my favorite cities in the world! Couldn’t pass that up! Stay tuned to hear more about my ventures there! Thanks for checking out the post! Safe travels!

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