Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Kiev is a beautiful city and a fun place to explore. Now that we are done wilth all the miserable stuff we have been having a lot of fun. We took Misha swimming at their downtown beaches, but got a little freaked out when all our swimming clothes turned a vibrant green. A little remnant from Cherynobyl?? We've had a few people tell us we were crazy to swim there. We also enjoyed the Kiev zoo. We saw a few varieties of birds and animals that we hadn't seen before. The funny looking bird in the picture had a hard time with Kent. When it got irritated it put its long beek between the bars and went after him. We also went to the the amusement park. I think Misha's favorite was go cart racing. They had a terrific course. We've also enjoyed walking at night in the downtown area. It's a great people watching spot, and there are always street performers. We saw a show put on by local breakdancers that was really impressive, but I still think Misha is better!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We have taken some great videos while we have been here, but it is quite a challenge to get them on the log. This is one of my favorites so I hope it will work. At the different internet cafes we have had broken disc drives, no usb ports and old computers so waiting for pictures to down load takes a really long time and video is prohibitive. We brought our own laptop, but have mostly not been able to plug it in due to the usb problem. They sell wireless internet plug ins that you just buy a little time on, kind of like the phones. This would have probably been a better idea!! We are all done with all our paperwork and we have our interview at the embassy today and should receive our visa. This means that we could have left on Thursday to come home, but there were absolutely no flights. The soonest we could leave is Saturday, we fly to Paris, stay in the airport over night because we can't leave the airport due to Misha's Ukraine passport and then get home Sunday at 1:30 in the afteernoon. The last two days have been extremely boring for Misha. We've been running around with paperwork, and doing a lot of sitting and waiting, and a few hours at Delta worrying that we couldn't get tickets. We tried to get the Paris embassy to give Misha a one day visa, but it won't work. We are just so appreciative that we got some help from a friend so that we were able to get tickes home, and not stay in Ukraine for another week. We have enjoyed our stay here, but we are so ready to be home and be with our whole family. We found out that the flooding in the west has gotten even worse, the worst in 100 years, and they have shut down most of the roads we were on as well as the borders, so we are so lucky we got out of Misha's birth region when we did. We taught Misha how to play Whist, a favorite family card game, and he is already a pro!! We easily beat Kent and Natalie.