Monday, June 18, 2012
Around 20 chartered flights have left for home with Dutch fans and suddenly Kharkiv feels bereft of football fans. Consequently hotel prices have instantly dived with our hotel now down to 50 euro per night.
It is a day of sightseeing and unsuccessful attempts to book a train or bus to Donetsk for tomorrow. The Ukrainians and UEFA have not put on one extra bus between the host cities of Kharkov and Donetsk, meaning that rather unsurprisingly the two buses that are making the journey south are both full. The same can be said about the fast train to Donetsk which is also full. I would love the UEFA bigwigs to experience this tournament as fans and be forced to travel around by public transport. What the heck are we supposed to do when the two buses and one train are completely full? Aerosvit and Ukrainian Air only want 600 pounds for a one-way flight between the two cities.
Having no idea how we are going to get to Donetsk tomorrow rather overshadows the day but we still enjoy the Group C deciders on the big screens in the fanzone and a couple of beers with Johan and Jeff, and Margus, whose birthday it is today. Margus spent the previous morning slept on a park bench after he forgot the door code and couldn’t get back into the flat after our night out at Panorama.
Time flies by and before we know it we are heading back to the hotel at 2.30am with a 5am start awaiting us. We double check the buses, trains and planes on the internet again but we can find absolutely no way of getting to Donetsk in time for the match. We are going to try and blag our way onto the full 6am train in the morning.