A Preview of Odessa

The first thing I noticed as we drove through the outskirts of Odessa was what was missing: snow.

After weeks of snow in Kiev, freezing temperatures in western Ukraine and a horrible mix of melting snow, ice, slush and mud in Moldova, I felt like spring had finally sprung for me. The sun was shining and I had a smile on my face as I walked through the streets of Odessa, enjoying the fact that I didn’t have to watch my every step to avoid patches of ice or puddles of slush.

I think I saw most of the major city highlights on the afternoon I arrived: the Opera House, Deribasivs’ka and Primorskaya streets, Soborna square, Teschin Mist (Mother-in-Law Bridge) and the Potemkin Stairs.

And of course, I headed down to the beach to stare out at the Black Sea, where I discovered that not all of the snow and ice in Odessa had melted by late February.

The rest of my stay, I admit I was rather lazy.

I spent a day in a bit of a daze after I learned that my cat Leo was put to sleep. I spent another day shopping, replacing my hiking shoes and picking up a few short-sleeved shirts for the warmer weather to come. And another day I just wandered a lot, enjoying the architecture and the sunshine and not really paying attention to exactly what I was seeing.

I kept thinking about how the few days I spent in this city on the Black Sea was just a preview and that I will return someday in the warmer months to experience all that Odessa has to offer.

1 thought on “A Preview of Odessa”

  1. I visited Odessa in July and I was impressed how beautiful this city is. Whole city is built in the way that a sea wind in blowing through all of them and everywhere in the city you can feel a smell.
    But Odessa looks different from Kyiv or Western Ukraine. And this is one more reason to visit this city.
    I like Ukraine.
    Have you tried national cuisine there? What do you think about it?

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