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Carpathian Region Trip: Day 1 – The Arrival

October 30th, 2011 No comments

Me and my friend had decided to take the Ukrainian Carpathian Region as our vacation exile since he was on a low budget period due to change of job. The main goal of our trip is to enjoy nature away from the stress of city life and do some adrenaline rush activities. Doing some research I found out that the Carpathian region of Ukraine is a natural heaven so I decided to spend some time there.

One of the problems of going to Ukraine is language barrier. The majority of Ukrainians do not speak English and I’ve noticed that some of them do understand English but they can’t speak it. So we decided to look for a Ukrainian tourist company in the Carpathian region. After some Googling, I stumbled upon a website called Green Ukraine that organize trips to the Carpathian region and provide a personal guide throughout the whole trip all day long. After some emailing with the company, we came up with a schedule to spend 5 days on the Carpathian region. I was fascinated on how fast their email reply is. Heck, we had around 7 emails a day going back and forth. The guy I was corresponding was Andriy and it turned out that he is also also our guide.

 

Train to Ivano-Frankivsk

I went to Ivano-Frankivsk by a train from Kiev. The meeting point with our guide Andriy was the railway station in Ivano-Frankivsk.

Word of advice: Never ever travel in Ukraine by train. Keep reading to know why.

I took the 3rd class ticket because there were no seats on the second and first class cabin. The train trip from Kiev to Ivano-Frankivsk was the crappiest trip I’ve ever been to in my life. There was no air-conditioner and it was summer so the whole compartment stinks and smells like underwear and socks! Heck I felt like throwing up and I was disgusted the whole freaking time. There are no windows to open and the toilet is crap and dirty. People do no know English so we couldn’t talk to anyone in there. Luckily, at the last moment before the train leaves, a guy came by listening to me and my friend talking in Arabic language, so he greeted us. It turned out that he is a nice guy from Jordan in his senior year studying medical in Ivano-Frankivsk.

Days later, we went back also by train but on second class. It is better than the 3rd but it still stinks. There were no tickets for the 1st class.

Anyway, at least I ended up experiencing soviet union era trains.

 

The Arrival

After about 12 hours on the railway, we finally arrived to Ivano-Frankivsk railway station at 9am. As soon as I stepped out the train, it felt like joy of life is coming back to me again. Of course, I still stink after spending 12 hours in there, but the delightful and fresh air outside the cage has risen up my mood.

 

Ivano-Frankivsk walkway

 

After spending about 2 hours waiting for a restaurant to open, pick up some groceries, and looking for bank to withdraw Euro currencies from my bank account, then it start raining and we finally hit the road to go to our cottage in Verkhovyna. That’s another 2 hours until we reached the cottage to take big awesome shower and feel clean!

 

Side view of the cottageOur cottageThe view from our cottage

 

As you can see above, that’s where we spent our nights. In a super cool cottage out in the country. We are surrounded by farm houses and a nice view to a mountain nearby.

 

Quadricycle

Our first activity was Quadricycling (ATV). We spent around 30 minutes riding on various locations and tracks. Ascending and descending heights, between woods, on the street, on muddy tracks… etc. It also rained for few minutes. It was fun and enjoyable and the instructor allowed me to drive fast because he said I’m a good driver. That was a good complement for someone who had never drove an ATV before!

I’ll leave you with a picture of how the view was when we were doing Quadricycling.

 

The view while doing quadricycle

 

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and lying down on the farm. The night was cold and misty and we went to bed early because we were exhausted.

Funniest forum post ever! (Arabic)

September 30th, 2010 No comments

I got this by an email from a friend. It’s a forum post in Arabic but it’s hilarious.

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ISP Support Prank!

March 17th, 2010 No comments

Check out this audio I have received from my friend Majed Bassam. It is on Arabic and it shows the difference between the ISP call center support between Arabian countries. Enjoy!

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Improv Everywhere

February 25th, 2010 2 comments

Ever went to have lunch peacefully but then suddenly, while eating, a joyful music comes up then spontaneously a girl starts singing then the scene gets even more crowded with more people signing in public?

What about going to a subway and waiting to reach your destination then people start pouring in to the subway train with no pants?!

Those are the kind of scenes that Improv Everywhere does. They are based in New York but because their popularity, their missions inspired many groups world wide leaded by undercover agents like the Sydney Flash Mob Freeze and the Michael Jackson tribute flash mobs.

Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.

 

One of their most known scenes is the No Pants Subway Ride. My favorite prank is the Food Court Musical.

 

There are many great flash mobs being done globally and historically it being done since decades ago. I’d like to share some flash mob videos: Michael Jackson tribute in Stockholm, The T-Mobile Dance in UK, Sound of Music in Antwerp, Supermarket Flashmob and Consider Yourself.

Enjoy your weekend with this playlist

Video: Just For Laughs – Glasses cleaner

July 25th, 2008 No comments
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Video: Just For Laughs – Barbers

July 16th, 2008 No comments

I have nothing else to add except videos which are  over a month ago in my archive. There are like over 20 more videos to show. I’ve been really busy lately and I will remain busy for 3 another 3 week.

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Video: Gnar Wars

June 22nd, 2008 No comments

Obi-one Kanobi vs the Lord Sith!

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Video: Just For Laughs – Cheeky Shoplifter

June 22nd, 2008 No comments
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Video: Just for Laughs – Rat madness

June 20th, 2008 No comments

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Video: Another funny Zain TVC

June 16th, 2008 No comments
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