Monday, December 8, 2008
One year ago...
Since we've got some time on our hands, we went sightseeing today.
Forget the metro, grocery stores and sidewalk vendors we've been visiting the last few days. This time we wanted to see all the touristy stuff.
So up and down the streets of Kiev we walked, taking in the sights and sounds surrounding St. Andrew's, St. Sophia's, Independence Square and Khreschatyk street, with Allya, our facilitator's sister.
She needed to practice her English.
We wanted a tour.
It was the perfect partnership.
We did some shopping, took tons of pictures and ate at McDonald's. I know what you're thinking, but we've been eating authentic Ukranian food all week - our facilitator Lev, insisted on it! :) I think he made it his mission to teach us as much about Ukranian culture and cuisine as possible. So we needed a touch of home.
Besides...we may be heading to the region next week and from the sounds of it, it's a small village. I doubt they have a McD's there.
Speaking of the region...we're not exactly sure when we'll be heading out. We thought it would be mid-week, but we got a call from the head facilitator tonight who made it sounds like it might be more like next Friday.
The time is quickly getting away from us. At that point we will have been here almost two weeks without much to show for it.
Oh well...the key is to try and get the court date as quickly as possible, so Meshack can get home. After that the timing doesn't matter that much.
Please pray for a change in the heart of the orphanage director. We're hoping we can get our referral letter on Monday. If so we can visit as soon as the director will allow. We're asking Lev to call the orphanage on Monday to let the director know...
Tuesday's good for us! :)