So the flight highlights:
1. I had to remove my money belt at RDU and put it through the scanner...that was uncomfortable and nerve racking to see that much dough become noticed. It was not a problem, and I got it back very quickly.
2. The RDU flight was a little behind, but the Newark flight was not. We had 45 minutes to change planes. We quickly rushed through the terminals and more security checkpoints to be the last people in the boarding line for our flight to Frankfurt...made it by the skin of our teeth...and we praised God for getting it all done.
3. We got a couple of hours sleep as we crossed the pond, but daylight quickly made its way into the cabin and it was 7am again, we lost 6 hours before we could blink an eye it seemed and so it was time to move onto the next flight.
4. We met another couple in Frankfurt at the boarding area for our flight to Kiev, they were returning for their court date, so we connected and encouraged each other before an uneventful flight to Kiev where we moved through customs and processes without a single word from anyone due to our airport facilitator (it was ransom money well spent...the lines were long!).
5. Dahlia did beautifully, a little fussy here and there - but normal stuff that was quickly alleviated by moms tools (if you know what I mean). She slept well and the altitude changes didnt seem to bother her at all. Couldnt have asked for a better trip as far as infant travel goes. I feel sorry for the poor children and their parents on our flights that didnt fare so well (another reason for our lack of sleep).
Here are some pictures of our current surroundings if interested:
1. Our Apartment door
2. The apartment house stairwell, colorful!
3. Apartment Building
4. A city bus.
5 - 9. The main city square - independence square I think it is. I have no idea what all there is here, but I hear there is an underground mall and some good places to grab a bite...we might venture out later for some dinner I think.
10. The street from the main square back toward our apartment building
11 - 14. Our little kitchen, living room, and views from the 8th floor. Amy's sleeping in the bedroom, but imagine it like the living room, but with a bed instead of a couch. All very tiny, but quaint sort of, or maybe thats the exhaustion talking.
We have skyped home to the parents and kiddos with a voice call and are now looking forward to our 1:30pm (EST) video call. Hope the video quality was as good as the audio call quality! So now onto a bit of rest and down time, then prep for tomorrows errands.