Friday, October 1, 2010

Trip Update 1

I know - pitiful title but I just couldn't come up with a catchy title so that will have to do, and I probably stole it from someone else's blog. I'm blaming it on stress and jetlag - so there!

We have had quite a few eventful days and I really don't wanna share everything just yet, but I will in a few days. We are still going to get Liza, but we haven't gotten to meet her yet or even go to her region but we will be going there on Monday if nothing else changes. What can I say except, "This is ________", oh yeah I can't even say that yet. HA! HA! Those of you who have been here and done this know what I mean.

Pics? Anybody up for some of those? That I can do.

This is the door to our apartment building. (sorry can't flip it) 

The view of the building right across from us from outside the kitchen window. I just think it's so romantic looking. The architecture on some of the buildings is so beautiful.
A little glimpse of our little bathroom.

Our tiny little kitchen. It's cute. I am still trying to figure out why the stove has a sticker on it that says something about an airbag though.

 Yes, they really do drive and park on the sidewalks here. This is just under our kitchen window. I've noticed that they actually have marks painted on the sidewalk in some places as if those spots are parking spaces, and it seems you can even buy or rent  some of the spaces. They have these little metal bars that go up and down with locks on them. There are also some places where there are guys whose sole job it seems is to watch the cars that are parked there or direct the flow of the sidewalk automobile traffic and show people where it's ok to park.

Mr. Rick in the City that Shall Remain Nameless

Self portrait in City that Shall Remain Nameless... for now.

  I don't remember what this is called. It's really pretty, huh?

The beautiful church right behind the SDA office. It's called St. Andrushka (or St. Andrew's) When we were there today we saw about 5 or 6 couples going in and out. WE thought they were all doing weddings but Nikolay told us that many of them come just to have their pictures taken in and outside the church. I certainly can see why, it's absolutely beautiful!
 This was our attempt at getting pepperoni pizza from a pizza place we had heard good things about called Celentano's. Umm, not quite what we had in mind, but still pretty good! LOL

Just kind of random, I know but that's what I've got for now. We kinda like this city. It's fun to walk around and look at everything. some things are so much like home and some things are pretty different. Some of the people are very friendly and helpful and some of them just laugh at us, just like at home... haha


The McEacherns said...

Try the potato al forno at Celantano's/ So yummy!

The McEacherns said...

My husband liked the salmon there, too. And the borscht was quite good. Several other adoptive parents ordered the backed vegetable dish, too, and liked it. Good luck ordering next time!

Lisa Crosby said...

Thank you for the updates! It sounds exciting and frustrating all at the same time. I think it's cool that you have a chance to explore Liza's country.

andrea said...

Horray, you're coming for her! Let me tell you, your little girl is so ready...

MoonDog said...

how do you like the poster in the bathroom? very child friendly huh? I stayed there with my 4 hooligans. right neaby is a place called Leonardos. good pizza there. english speaking waiter. very nice. across the street with the red lettering (on the corner) is a ukrainian restraunt that is like cafeteria style so you can try lots of things! have fun!

Cathy Bachman said...

Wow, took me a bit but found your blog again, can't wait for an update and know that I am praying as hard for you as I am for me, which is all the know I am here for you if you need anything or just to vent. Just yahoo holler-chat. Much love, did you all make it to the angel-hamster club?