Friday, March 12, 2010


Wow did 7 am come awful fast! Our man on the ground, Serge, gave us our wake-up call and plans to meet us around 10 am. Way too early to be getting up but still the 5 hours of sleep was much needed after the journey by plane(s). So today we decided to go to the market and get some necessities. Amazing how difficult it is to figure out some of the simplest of tasks like grocery shopping. We find some chips, hot dogs, bread, water, etc, but for the life of us we can't find any ketchup. Anyone know how to say ketchup in Ukrainian or Russian? Oh well, can't look anymore because our guy is early and we need to go. Looks like plain hot dogs for Logan.

Meeting Serge is great. We decide to go to a little shop for a bite to eat and to discuss our plans. Robin, Logan and I know immediately that we like Serge. He has a great heart for the kids and it shows in his passion for doing right by them as well as the families. We are blessed to have him working on our behalf. I can tell that ordering food is going to prove to be a challenge for us. Logan orders what we think is a hot chocolate. In actuality it is thick, hot chocolate pudding. Normally tasty, but not first thing in the morning for breakfast. Robin may be in love though-she has found awesome coffee, served in those little tiny cups. After she gets her coffee-buzz on, it's off to check out our options. See church we caught on film while walking through the town.

After a meeting with the government officials, we have our choices presented to us. Taking into account all that info, we make our choice and then it's back to the apartment to hang out. Robin learns a valuable lesson about some of the bottled watered here-it's carbonated. Logan thinks this is just about the funniest thing to ever happen. Movie time tonight-Harry Potter.

Next morning, a decision is made and we find out we need to take a train to another region of the country. We spend the day sight seeing and getting ready for our train ride. Anyone see the movie, "Dr. Zhivago"? The entire experience reminds us of the train ride in that movie. We left the station after 8:00 pm for an 11 hour ride through the Ukrainian countryside. Most of the train ride was at night so we could not see much out the window. We were in a sleeper car with two small beds and a small table. We spend the first couple of hours watching each other play video games, then we read the first chapter of "Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban". Everyone is starting to nod off. We make one last trip down the narrow train corridor to "a du tu let" which was a new experience for all of us. After that, we arrange ourselves on the two little cots for hopefully 6 hours of sleep (yeah, right!!!) Logan gets the best of the deal with 5 and 1/2 hours of sleep. Mom comes in second with 3-4 hours of fitful sleep. And, dad manages another 2 hours. That brings the grand total of sleep in three and a half days time to: Logan -22 hours, Mommy- 19 hours, Daddy - 15 hours (maybe). No wonder everybody is worn out after these trips.

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