Well just as I wrote and posted that long series of updates, it seems I have been deprived of both my wallets, and all my credit and debit cards by some light fingered son of a gun. I did at one point leave my table and go to the toilet and left my wallets in the jacket pocket on the chair. I had both on me as I was in the process of switching between currencies and cards to ones that worked better in the former soviet union. So here I am now with no cash and no cards.
By chance while riding around wondering what to do next (I just had enough change in my pocket to pay the cafe bill) I stumbled across a bunch of bikers – The Moto-Life Club of Odessa – having a few drinks in the centre of town. These guys took me in, passed the hat around and got me a bunch of cash to get me through till Western Union branches open again on Monday, and one of the guys has kindly offered me a place to stay for a night or two and a garage for the bike.
All my cards are cancelled, and the only document in there was the driving licence. But I have the paper copy and an international driving permit so that should be fine. But I did lose a decent amount of EUR and USD … and it will take at least 2 weeks to get new cards to access my accounts.
So its been a worrysome first 24 hours in the Ukraine, salvaged by typically outstanding hospitality from local bikers in this part of the world.
I will need to be more security conscious in future.