the line, a woman exclaims in Ukrainian: “If you’re pushing, you should
have crossed by taxi or aeroplane. None of us are heading for a holiday
resort, you know!”
With their bulky bags, many of the travelers are involved in
“cross-border trade”, making short trips to Poland to sell modest (and
not so modest) quantities of cigarettes and alcohol. A few years ago, a
Kyiv-based group of artists called R.E.P. made a statement by smuggling across gas in brightly-coloured balloons and oil in hot water bottles.