If you plan to take a trip over to see someone, I highly recommend getting a local phone sim card. They are incredibly cheap, and well worth the investment for communication when setting up dates. The best way to do it, is to bring over an unlocked phone. You can get one for $20 from Tiger Direct, or on the bestbuy website. Just get something cheap for texting. You usually can’t get the sim card at the airport (not in Kiev anyway), so when you arrive, once you get to your room and go out for your walk to figure the area out (I always look for local places to eat, drink, etc..), go by a phone store. There is a Kiev Star shop not far from Maiden/Independence Sq. The sim card costs about 40 UAH (a few bucks), and it’ll come with credit on it. Then buy a top up card for another 40-100 UAH. Then what I did was had the only English-speaking girl in the store, set up my phone for me, (I went with a djuice chip). One of the features, is a phone # that you punch in that allows you to buy 30 or 60 text message package for pennies each, that are good for 30 days (the credit is deducted from your chip, so you can just top off again when it runs out). Texting is the best way to confirm your dates, tell them you are running late, or call the driver you met on the way in to arrange your airport pickup.. etc… Keep the chip so the next time you fly in, you can go to a newspaper stand at the airport, and buy a scratch off card, to credit your phone again, and let your friends know you’ve arrived, and what time to meet you for drinks. Beats Using your US phone for $2/min, or $1.50/text.
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