Saturday, October 16, 2010
Packing to head for Dnipropetrovsk
Wow this was a quick first few days! We are packing up to relocate via train at 4:45 am tomorrow! our train leaves at 6:58 and the driver has to make two trips to get both the Dellanos and us to the train station on time, so we get to be first! The cars here are little and our bags are not, so it is a tight squeeze to get everyone and everything in the car. We really did not bring a lot-one bag and one carry on, but times that by 4 people and it looks like we relocated permanently! We are all getting really excited to see Marina, and we get to see her the afternoon on Monday, not sure what time. OF course will update photos as soon as we can! In the meantime, the Dellanos and us all met the Westbrooks from Colorado this afternoon for lunch, and they brought their two little munchkins with them. Their girls are Victoria and Anna, and not sure who is who. They are both under 2 years old by a couple months but not sure by how much, 22 months was the oldest I think. There are also posts of our apartment here in Kiev, at 60 dollars a night. Mom and I shared the cost of a curling iron today when we saw one for 275 hryvnas which is equal to about 35.00 and we were delighted to get to find that at the front of the trip! Children's clothes are a fortune here and quality is not great. Maybe I have just looked in the wrong places? There is a really neat underground mall here, and you access it by taking what looks like subway stairs down underground. This also gets you across the street without getting run over. Tully and I have been amazed that we have not seen one ant or one squirrel. A few dogs and one cat but that's it. The lack of bugs is weird. We have not gotten to see the Independence Square except for driving to and from the SDA but it is impressive...we were usually sitting in good old fashioned city traffic. We are going to finish out all that is in the fridge tonight so we will have omelets for dinner and try to figure out how to sleep for a few minutes before getting up at 3:45. No point in getting up earlier, I am not cooking and we are almost packed. Another day and another fine adventure heading our way! It is a huge help having another family here because we can share what we know with each other. It is also nice that we really enjoy our time together and both hope we are close in proximity for our journey south. It is also nice to have mom here and we all have a little more variety in our day by all of us being here. I would do it again this way if I had to decide again. Evan has been great and Tully is behaving as well:) Since I get to update the story, well you just have to take my word on how I am doing. And I am doing fabulously!