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Road to hell???

- June 8th, 2012

No, I’m not Jason Bourne but I sure felt like it.

You know, Jason Bourne, the Bourne Identity, the Bourne Ultimatum, the spy who didn’t he was a spy. Matt Damon played Bourne in the movies and we do have some similarities —two arms, two legs, a head. Anyway, I felt like Jason Bourne as he tried to get from country to country and all I wanted to do was get from Poland to Ukraine to see the Germany/Portugal match at Euro 2012.

Bourne had it easier. You really can’t get to there from here. The trip from Warsaw to Lviv, Ukraine, about 100 kilometres over the Polish border should be easy. But planes are expensive. Trains take 15 hours mostly because trains are stopped for four hours at the border while the wheels are changed so they will fit Ukrainian rails. As for rental cars, forget it.

Picked up a rental car from Sixt, a Mercedes C class. No problem until I told the guy I was going to make two trips to Lviv. You would have thought I told him I was going to take the Mercedes and go off-roading with it (which driving on some roads in Poland is the same thing.)

His eyes bugged up. He turned red.

“Sorry, can’t have the car. You can’t drive the car to the Ukraine.”

Even though it’s only 100 kilometres on the other side?

“No good. We can’t rent the car.”

How about a smaller car?

“No car. Nothing. You can’t go to the Ukraine. Fifty per cent of all rental cars that go to the Ukraine don’t come back.”

So I did what all people do when they travel abroad. I offered him extra money.

“No. No Ukraine,” he said.

So I think, who is going to know if I take it into the Ukraine anyway?

“Ok,” I say. “I’ll take the car anyway.”

After the paper work is done we’re walking away and Mr. Rental Car Man shows he’s just not another Rental Car Guy. He reads minds.

“And if you drive car to Ukraine anyway, it has sensor. When you get 30 kilometres from the  border, the car stops and sends message to security people. They come see you and have a talk. So don’t drive closer than 30 kilometres from the  border.”

Security people “have a talk with you.”

Where is Jason Bourne when you need him?

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. question says:

    So, did you really believe the security sensor bit? Really?

    P.S. Love your blog!

  2. Morris Dalla Costa says:

    Not really but didn’t want to find out. Turns out at the Ukrainian border they check all car registration. The company I finally rented a car from that allowed me to drive it over the border (at a hefty price) had a document written in Ukrainian telling the border guards it was a rental.I wasn’t going to get that from the first company.
    Thanks for commenting.

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