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Friday, January 11, 2008




I have quite possibly the coolest apartment in Odessa.
No, really, I do.
It's awesome! It has absolutely everything I need...
a king size bed...
high speed internet...
a water heater (no going without hot water! woohoo!)...
satellite TV...
a safe...
a dining room...
heated towel racks...
central air (great, if I were here in the summer! :)
a full sized refrigerator/freezer...
Oh, and did I mention the whirlpool tub?!!
Okay...I heard that collective, jealous gasp. Yep. I have a whirlpool tub - and I am putting it to good use. Everyone who adopts should have one of these things.
It's awesome!!!
The whole apartment is pretty sweet (hehe - pun fully intended.)
But it took a bit of finangling to get here. You knew there'd be a story didn't you? What else would you expect from us? ;)
Okay...going back to my blog about arriving in the city of Odessa without a place to stay. Not one of our finer moments I have to tell you. It ranks right up there with the time we went on vacation in Duluth, MN without making hotel reservations. Surely we could find a hotel somehwere around there.
Nope.
It was Grandma's Jazz Festival Weekend...there's nothing available for 30 miles around - except a seriously flea-bag hotel on the outskirts of town. They had one room...I'm not sure the last time it was cleaned...and we had to share the bathroom with a couple of other rooms.
Yea...you know how I feel about bathrooms.
We ended up going to Walmart and buying some sleeping bags to sleep in since we weren't convinced the sheets were that clean. We wouldn't have stayed there except it was freezing outside and there weren't any camping spots to be found either. We needed a roof over our heads, although about half way through I was thinking the roof of our car would have been just fine.
But I digress...
So I'm having flashbacks to Duluth 1995, as we pulled into Odessa, but Lev swears up and down that he has this covered. He saw a hotel close to the orphanage. He's sure it will be reasonable and within walking distance.
So he finds us a driver, negotiates a price and off we go.
We soon pull up in front of a very nice hotel...looks practically brand new. Sounds good to me. He runs in...and runs right back out. It cost $130 a night.
Gulp.
I hoped this wasn't a sign of things to come.
It was.
They had told us Odessa is one of the most expensive cities in Ukraine to adopt from.
They weren't kidding.
We spent the next two hours (remember we only had five hours before court - and we hadn't showered or gotten dressed yet.) driving around the area looking for a place to stay.
I kept telling Lev...'Remember...there's that place I emailed you about. I'd really like to check it out.'
And he kept putting me off. 'Oh, they're expensive. We're on a budget.'
So NOW he's worried about the budget! :)
Finally the driver takes us to a hotel that doesn't look too bad from the outside. He runs in and runs back out to say we're in...it's only $50 a night, with a breakfast included.
Alright...not too bad, I'll give it a try.
As soon as we opened the door to our room I told Meshack that night would be the last night we spent there. I guess in the big scheme of things it wasn't so bad...except that it was incredibly small. I can't imagine having an almost four year old running around that room. There was no place to run...literally. Our suitcases - as small as they were - took up the only walking space around the beds. There was a TV in the corner, but that was the only other piece of furniture other than the beds.
The showers were fine...but I couldn't see spending $50 a night for a tiny room, with no refrigerator or way to cook (I'd have to eat out every meal), not to mention no grocery stores anywhere. There was no way to wash clothes, no internet service for as far as the eye could see (there was nothing near this hotel)...and with Meshack leaving I felt like I needed to have things as simple as possible.
Thankfully, Meshack agreed.
So he went next door to Lev and broke the news.
Lev took it pretty well. He teased me the rest of the day about the rooms...but then ate crow later when he finally called Odessa Executive Suites.
Not only do we get this awesome apartment...but it's in the heart of downtown Odessa and we got it for only $20 more than the tiny hotel room.
A pretty good deal if you ask me.
Yes, my budget is hurting a little - but I'm saving on my food bill, internet bill and overall entertainment bill. Plus, I have clean clothes...
And a whirlpool bathtub.
What more could a girl ask for?

14 salty messages:

Mike & Tara January 13, 2008 at 10:08 AM  

Maddie is adorable!!! We are so happy for your family! Congratulations!

What a cool apartment too

John & Lucia,  January 13, 2008 at 2:31 PM  

A whirlpool tub? $20 a night? What a blessing! God has rewarded you for your faith in Him! Glad to hear that court went well for you.

Nataliya January 13, 2008 at 3:36 PM  

I'm so glad you are staying at Odessa Executive Suits, it's the best lodging in Odessa! Sorry you had to stay in that bad hotel - you could've called the OES yourself - I think they speek English since the owner is an American.

Enjoy your visits with Ellie - she's sooooo adorable!

Susan & Truman January 13, 2008 at 3:54 PM  

Odessa Executive Sweets...I'm keeping that in mind in case we end up in that region! I love following your stories and I LOVE your blogs! I'm so happy this trip is much better than the last one!

Waitingonmyua2 January 13, 2008 at 5:02 PM  

Tami - I am SO glad to know you'll be comfortable as long as you need to be there. That is SUCH an important thing in the overall scheme of your well-being while you wait to come home. I am still praying - praying it will all go much quicker than you even hope. Can't wait to meet Maddie some time! hugs to you

Christine January 13, 2008 at 5:03 PM  

First off, Maddie is just an angel. I love her smile.

I'm so glad you got such a great room. Now you can fill us in on how Maddie is adjusting. I bet she would just love a big bath in that tub!

MamaPoRuski January 13, 2008 at 5:10 PM  

Maddie will love the tub too! Congratulations on finding such a great place!

THE ISBELL'S January 13, 2008 at 9:35 PM  

Congratulations!! Maddie is beautiful and I pray all continues to go smoothly for you.
Melinda

Steve and Gail January 14, 2008 at 1:41 AM  

We are still here. We have been at Odessa Executive Suites since December 7 in apartment D32. (no whirlpool) We will be here for at least two more weeks. See you.

Susan & Truman January 14, 2008 at 6:05 AM  

Thanks for the comment on my page! About the train...I kind of feel like a kid and everyone's saying "Don't touch, don't touch"...that now I'm intrigued by the bathrooms on the train. I can feel myself wanting to see what they are like. I know it's crazy! :) And I know I would come back saying, "Yep, they were right...disgusting". Oh well! Enjoy your day!

Anonymous,  January 14, 2008 at 9:45 AM  

Wow, that is a wonderful apartment! I'm so glad you were able to get it; it will make the waiting much easier, I would think. Yes, indeed, especially since it has a whirlpool!!! - Melinda H.

Ashley January 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM  

It is absolutely beautiful! I will be keeping this place in mind! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Leslie January 14, 2008 at 7:50 PM  

You do know this is the place we stayed the whole time we were in Odessa! The Hales and the O'Hara's stayed there too. Talk about convienent! There's a grocery store on the bottom floor of the Greek Square and one around the corner under the mall near McDonalds. I preferred this one because its less crowded. Anyway, enjoy your stay and tell Scott and Masha in the office we said hello!

Courtney January 14, 2008 at 7:54 PM  

Our last apartment in Kyiv also had a whirlpool tub, but we didn't have time to use it! (Not that I'm complaining!!) Maybe we can hook you up with that one on your way out and really spoil you. :) :)

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