Todd from Delaware, a bread-delivery man who had worked seven night-shifts per week for the past six months to be able to afford the trip, has been taken to a pool club where the bill came to £250.Chris has been taken for an overpriced meal and thinks he saw the waiter give his date a kickback after he had paid the bill.
Habitually, they are joined by another young woman, the translator, who facilitates the dialogue."She says she likes a strong man who knows his mind." "Tell her I love the idea of two cultures coming together in a relationship." "She says she thinks you could be her soulmate."Hundreds of dating agencies operate in Odessa, luring the foreign dollar into the laidback Black Sea port city with a suggestion of the nubile young model living a life so impoverished that she will be ready to fly away with the first slack-skinned foreign pensioner who offers her a way out.
Other cities in Ukraine, and other countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, also have well-developed bride industries, but Odessa is a global hub for men looking for love.
"Western women are not – how do I put this politely – family oriented.
I was with a girl who just stole $3,500 from me and disappeared, changed her phone number. They have no values." It is a complaint I will hear from almost all the men during my week in Odessa.
"I've tried local dating sites but nobody wants to live on a farm," he says.