Walking Pitfalls in Odessa
not drink the water
non-white visitors to Ukraine, will probably be hassled
several times by the police. The police will ask for
a visa. Often they will want a bribe. You are not
expected nor required to pay a bribe to the police,
though they may take you to the police station.
carry your passport and visa.
are white and you see the police on the street, stop
speaking a foreign language as you pass, and the police
will almost always leave you alone.
stations in the center (Милиция, Полиция)
Evreyskaya 14 (Еврейская)
Police Car at base of stairs
crime is low by American and English standards. Most
crimes involve petty crime such as pick-pocketing
and money scams.
mind these points:
exchange your money with someone on the street.
Watch out for staged fights.
you are watching the fight someone else is stealing
- A new
scam involves a person 'dropping' some money on
the street. Another 'passerby' sees the money and
asks the victim if they want to split the money.
Another person comes along and claims to be the
police and demands a bribe.
use razor blades to open purses and backpacks.
- Be wary
of large groups of children and gypsies.
of heightened criminal activity are: train stations,
bazaars, airports, large public gatherings, and casinos
are in trouble and there are people who are near that
may help, yell "pojzar" (fire) to attract
visitors to Ukraine, stomach upsets is the greatest
It is a
good idea to pack a first aid kit. Include some oral
dehydration salts in your kit: these will help replace
lost minerals if you suffer from diarrhea.
summer, there are mosquitoes in Odessa, but not in
Odessa is an incredibly green city. There are tens
of thousands of trees. One old Odessa guide from 1976
said there were15 square meters (18 square yards)
of greenery per person (whatever this might mean).
But in late June and July, particularly on Rishelevskaya
(Ришельевская) the pollen from trees is so bad, even
those that have never had problems with pollen before
may have difficulties with breathing and eyesight.
Pitfalls in Odessa
Roads and sidewalks in Odessa are in horrendous and
sometimes dangerous conditions. Always walk with care
and watch where you are going. One American volunteer
recently broke her ankle in a hole in the street.
individuals will sometimes steal then sell manhole
covers for scrap metal.
past few years, it is the latest vogue for businesses
to replace the concrete outside of their establishment
with fancy bricks. They look nice, but are incredibly
slick when it is wet.
in Ukraine are literally falling apart. Be aware of
old building masonry and balconies. Several years
ago two people were killed from falling masonry while
talking on a pay phone on Shevchenko Street (Шевченко)
in Kiev. Every year the newspapers report a pedestrian
being injured from falling masonry.
not take long to recognize that Odessa is a pedestrian
city. At night the number of people walking throughout
the city helps a person feel much safer walking the
streets. But Odessites are often impatient when crossing
streets and will rarely wait for the cross light to
change. They will often cross the street halfway and
wait in the middle for passing cars. Because of this
and the vast number of pedestrians, cars tend not
to stop or even slow down to allow pedestrians the
right of way. Never assume that a car will give you
the right of way, even on a crosswalk. Recently, the
Canadian Ambassador was hit and walking across the
street in Kiev.
Hepatitis A, tetanus, TB, immunization Recommended.
Mild diarrhea is the most common problem in Ukraine.
some ways to avoid your chances of falling ill:
Odessa water is heavily polluted. As a visitor will
notice, this doesn't seem to bother less health consciousness
not drink the water
Odessa water should never be drank unless it is boiled.
Tea and coffee are safe as long as the water has been
water is available throughout the city. Though most
water is mineral water with gas. If you want mineral
water without gas ask for "Voda bez gaza"
(Вода без газа)
are staying in Odessa for an extended period of time,
there are deepwater wells through out the city, which
have safer, fresher, cleaner water, which are very
popular with local Odessites. Bring your own container,
the water is free.
well near the center is located at:
Staro bazarny Park (Сквер Старобазарный)
(At Staro bazarny Park (Сквер Старобазарный), Intersection
of Bazarnaya (Базарная) and Aleksandrovsky Ave. (Александровский
проспект) south west of the
It is strongly suggested to take a translator when
visiting the pharmacy. Ukrainian pharmacies rarely
carry international brand-name medicines. No doctor's
prescription is needed to purchase medicines, which
are tightly controlled in Western countries. When
a person is sick Odessites tend to try to be helpful
and may offer prescription equivalent medication.
Be wary what advice and medication you take.
in the city are open 24 hours, but orders can only
be made late in the night through a small window.
In the night, calls ahead to find out if the below
pharmacies are open 24 hours. Often the cashier is
sleeping so you must knock many times to be heard.
here are some of the pharmacies in the center. Like
most schools, hospitals, and stores in the former
Soviet Union, many of these pharmacies have only numbers.
Pharmacies (Аптека), by
Bunina 29 (Бунина)
|L Teh Keh (ЛТК)
Deribasovskaya 7 (Дерибасовская)
Ekaterininskaya 23 (Екатерининская)
|Apteka 6 (Children's)
Ekaterininskaya 8/10 (Екатерининская)
Ekaterininskaya 80 (Екатерининская)
Evreyskaya 58 (Еврейская)
Grecheskaya 33 (Греческая)
Kanatnaya 51 (Канатная)
Pastera 22 (Пастера)
Pastera 9 (Пастера)
Preobrazhenskaya 18 (Преображенская)
Preobrazhenskaya 27 (Преображенская)
|Irina e Ko (Ирина и Ко)
Preobrazhenskaya 33 (Преображенская)
Preobrazhenskaya 61 (Преображенская)
Preobrazhenskaya 77 (Преображенская)
7 Pushkinskaya (Пушкинская)
Check text, maybe incorrect addresses
Pushkinskaya 61 (Пушкинская)
Rishelevskaya 11 a (Ришельевская)
Rishelevskaya 32 (Ришельевская)
Sadovaya 2 (Садовая)
Sadovaya 11 (Садовая)
|Apteka 1, Gaevsko (Гаевско)
Visa, MasterCard accepted
(Click here for
more on this historical pharmacy)
Sadovaya 21 (Садовая)
Arcadia Beach Pharmacy
||Arcadia Plazj (Пляж Аркадия)
Hospitals in center (Больница,
|Pastera 5 (Пастера)
|Pirogovskaya 2 (Пироговская)
|Troitskaya 37 (Троицкая)
|Uspenskaya 2 (Успенская)
|Uspenskaya 4A (Успенская)