I slept in a dormitory that is in the Baptist church building that night in a room with it’s own shower. It was my first night in two weeks sleeping in a place with complete privacy so I enjoyed that. The next day, we spent the whole time seeing the old part of the city and the highlights were climbing the “High Castle,” which is actually the highest hill in the city that used to have a fortification in the time of the Turkic invasions. There is no castle there anymore. Roma’s brother told me a funny story about how the mayor of Lviv wanted to spend millions of dollars to restore the old castle as a monument.
The plan was put down by legislators who were pressured by people who pointed out, “There are still people in Lviv without electricity and running water and they wasn’t to rebuild an old castle? What for?”
I thought about it for a few seconds, “Maybe just in case the Turks invade again?”
We also toured the center of the city and climbed the “Bell Tower” the highest building in the city. Climbing all those stairs was a good work out. We ate in a western style cafeteria that had good food and flat screen televisions everywhere showing Russia’s version of MTV.