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As we had skyped at least four times per week in the six months prior to this trip to arrange every aspect of the international gathering, we had already discussed several options; Belarus, Northern Cyprus and Serbia among them.

The extensive, night-long talks translated into this exhausting 30+ hour train journey from Oradea to Kyiv via Budapest to provide us with an opportunity to first-hand experience the rural development in western Ukraine and to meet Ukrainians.

Surprisingly, despite the heat in the train, the hours literally flew by as we enjoyed discussions related to international relations and as we had the best live-stream we could hope for looking outside our window – the exciting changing of the train wheels after crossing the border into Ukraine, Lviv, the endless fields and forests, beautiful villages, churches and farmsteads en route to the capital increased our excitement about Kyiv.

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