I watch the snow flutter past my ninth-story bedroom window to the street below. It is a cold (-8°C/18°F) dismal day in Kiev. I spend most of the morning curled up next to the radiator, reading.
This is our last day in Kiev; in the evening we have a final get-together, attended by, among others, Ramananda Prabhu and Hemangini Devi Dasi, Kanu Prabhu, Vidyaranjan Prabhu, and Aleksander and Oksana.
I wish we could spend a little more time in all these cities on our tour: we spent just one night at our new center in Zaporizhzhya, we are spending one night here in Kiev, and we are scheduled for two nights in Odessa, our next stop. We should also spend a night in Kharkiv (Harkov) but there is now talk that that part of the tour may be cancelled.
Our tour party (Ashutosha Krishna Prabhu, Mukunda das Brahmachari, Nitai Chand Prabhu, and I) is augmented by five more devotees (Indra Mohan Prabhu, Dayal Krishna Prabhu, Isanuga Devi Dasi, Lila Mayi Devi Dasi, and Nikolai) on the overnight express train to the Black Sea resort of Odessa.
We leave Kiev at 10:43 p.m., and head south for an hour to Fastov. We are all seated in two open, adjacent compartments, so we have a spontaneous, informal discussion about Krishna consciousness until we reach the city of Kozyatin, an hour after midnight. This is the life!