Ukraine Musings: Volume 1

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I was told that there was possibly going to be a training camp ‘at some point’, but by no means did I expect to get an e-mail on Friday to say that we would leave to Ukraine at 7pm on Saturday.

It has been a whirlwind trip so far and even at that, it’s probably an understatement!

So, after a mad rush to get organised (and a large packing operation), the journey began.

My teammates and I left Glasgow for Heathrow, where we stayed overnight.  Well, we napped for four hours in a hotel, and then we were up, bright and early, at 4am to make our way back to the airport for our 7am departure to Kiev.

Once we arrived in Kiev we had to arrange transport to Odessa, the city where we will be competing and training.  Literally as soon as we stepped out of departures we were swamped by vultures looking to sort us out a ‘good price’ for anywhere we would like to go.  After much deliberation, we managed to negotiate a good price and so off we set…

It turned out to be the correct decision as our driver Andrei was a bit of a legend.  He drove us the 400km journey and then proceeded to help us find an apartment here.  He must have showed us about 9 places, taking us all over.  He was nothing but helpful and didn’t even rip us off – some boy Andrei!

However, in the car I thought we had taken a wrong turn and ended up in the mid-90s instead of Odessa.  To say the music selection was a bit dreadful would be putting it lightly.  If it wasn’t ‘Barbie Girl’, it was ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ or the famous ‘Blue, Daba, Dee’… I can confirm that at online casino gids one point I considered dropping and rolling out the car rather than listening to such pollution.

To couple the terrible music, the roads were very, very bumpy!  I have definitely been on smoother rollercoasters in my life.  The good news, however, is that I have already had borsht (Russian soup) twice; I love that stuff, it is awesome.

In the end we managed to get an apartment, which I am currently chilling in.  Speaking of which, over the next couple of days, I am going to put together a ‘cribs’ style video – be warned.

Back to business…

Competition wise, Ross, Alex, and I compete on the same day, Wednesday.  Weigh ins are tomorrow.  Having not been able to check my weight yet, it is slightly concerning.  I have no real idea where I am weight wise which could make tomorrow very interesting, unfortunately so.

STAY TUNED because I will be updating the blog almost daily and I am sure some form of hilarity or disaster will strike… And on that note, I will stop rambling as I am away to be very hungry in bed.

Peace out.

Drive for the dream, shoot for success.

Kieran Malone
@thekieranmalone
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