But when they arrived in Odessa, in the vast majority of cases, the women were nowhere to be seen.Some of them turned off their phones, others arranged dates but did not arrive.
He is beginning to wonder whether Ukrainian women might be just as bad as their American counterparts.
"They have vaginas, and vaginas lie," he says, despairingly.
Some of the Americans wear sharp suits and talk loudly about their property empires; others are from small towns in the Midwest and have acquired passports specially to make the trip.
Most of the men are divorced and in their fifties or sixties.
Most of the "ladies" do not speak English, and thus the men will require the services of the red-shirted translators who will also be present at the social, he tells us.
Amid the US contingent, there are also two Brits, a smattering of Europeans, and a Saudi.For one of them, I find out later, it is not only his first trip outside the US, but also the first time he has ever been to a nightclub."I'm very conservative, so I never go to bars or clubs," says 47-year-old Joe, a hay farmer from Pennsylvania with an awkward manner.Affable but shy, Joe has trouble meeting women at home, and has had little contact with women since his wife died of cancer five years ago.Many had been called away at the last minute to tend to an ailing relative. Darren from North Dakota had 10 women lined up that he had been chatting with; he met just a couple of them in person. There was much consternation about the flakiness of Ukrainian women.When the dates did show up, many of the men were reporting extraordinarily expensive evenings.f For a start, even when the men suspect that their dates speak perfect English, they are forced into taking translators, who require payment by the hour.It becomes clear that the dating scene in Odessa is not all it seems.