This is the last day in Odessa; it is also the last day of the tour. The tour was originally scheduled to last another two days, ending in the northeast Ukrainian city of Kharkiv (also known as Harkov) but that visit has now been cancelled, so it is back to Moscow.
Kharkiv is about half the distance from Odessa to Moscow. Since I will now not be stopping there and since the express train from Odessa to Moscow takes twenty-six hours, Avadhut Maharaj says that I should just fly back to Moscow this morning.
I say goodbye to all the devotees who accompanied me on the tour — Mukunda das Brahmachari, Ashutosha Krishna Prabhu, Indra Mohan Prabhu, Nitai Chand Prabhu, Nimai Sundar Prabhu, Dayal Krishna Prabhu, Isanuga Devi Dasi, Lila Mayi Devi Dasi — to Narayani Devi Dasi who graciously hosted us in Odessa, and to Raghava Pandit Prabhu who transported us to all our engagements in the city.
At eleven o' clock Raghava Pandit Prabhu and Mukunda das Brahmachari drive me to the Odessa international airport. I am booked on the one o' clock Transaero Aviakomlaniya Airlines flight to Moscow, but the flight is delayed three hours due to heavy snow in Moscow.
When I do arrive in Moscow it is dark and cold (-14°C) and still snowing. I draw my coat around me; I'll be back in the welcome warmth of India in a just a few more days...