We went third class on a twenty-four hour sleeper train from Lviv to Simferopol. It cost 175 hryvnia (20 bucks) to travel over a thousand kilometers.
The stewardesses are mother hens. At first they sassed and scolded us about the bikes, making us wipe them down before bringing them on the train. Later they came around with fresh linen and hot tea. In the morning they woke us up, so we didn’t miss our stop. I fell back asleep and ten minutes later the stewardess came back hollering. Once out of bed and in a daze, she gave me a mug of tea. It reminded me of being late for school.