"WATCH YOUR FEET!" Top 5 Page for this destination Odessa Local Custom Tip by arturowan

Odessa Local Customs: 55 reviews and 112 photos


The new Ukraine might like to believe it is up to par with western Europe, but 1 area where the standards are lamentably Third World, is the condition of pavements & roads - potholes in this country, night be regarded as crevasses in the west...
0dessa suffers worse than maybe any other Ukrainian city, owing to its age, with the cobbled, tram-lined, main streets giving a very old world feel to the centre, where there does not appear to have been any effectual maintenance throughout the Soviet era...
0dessa's centre is characterised by courtyards & cellar-level dwellings, reachable from a flight of stone steps set inconveniently into the pavements, WITHOUT railings, so considering there is no street lighting in the city, if you do not watch your step, you could suffer a serious fall...
The drainage grids & manhole covers are bigger than is standard in the west, & the weight of metal in them makes them lucrative to scrap thieves, so there are many open holes in the roads, leaving a sheer fall into the sewers or buried cables - take particular caution in wet weather when crossing the road - what appears to be a deep puddle may be a fathomless pit...
The trip hazards are increased by the tree & vine-lined streets, because roots from these plants have rippled the paving, in places making it resemble a ploughed field, covered in asphalt...
As if all these faults in the pavement were not enough of a problem, to deter pavement parking, plant pots have been concreted to the surface by residents, & these more than all the other hazards listed, have caused me more trips & near mishaps, especially after dark...
0dessa is built over a complex of catacombs & these do not seem to be that far below ground level - a problem when subsidence occurs, as it does by itself, or when a heavy vehicle is left too long on a vulnerable area...
0n the tv news I have seen a delivery lorry, buried cab end down, up to the glazing, where the surface on which it was parked has sunk into the dark depths...
Having mentioned all these very real dangers, Inever managed to actually fall over during any of my stays in 0dessa, but the biggest downside of all this careful stepping, was that the city's spectacular skyline cannot be appreciated while on the move, because it really requires eyes to be kept downwards...

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  • Updated Nov 7, 2013
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    I also saw some of these un-railed cellar steps in Kharkiv - very dangerous at night as you say


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