We have had our appointment with the State Department of Adoptions and gotten our referral and would have been on a train sooner but there were no train tickets to be had. Apparently ticket scalping is common and one must pay a bit extra for train tickets from the guy who snaps them all up before we can get to them. But we finally boarded our train on Saturday and rode 15 hours through the night with many stops along the way with a squirming and fussy baby. But we are finally here and ready to get the ball rolling tomorrow with the local authorities and paperwork that will allow us to see the children and begin the paper trail that will lead to court and the children becoming our son and daughter.
While waiting for train tickets, we were treated to a tour of Kyiv with a lovely tour guide named Masha who shared the city's great history and artifacts and culture with us. Those pictures and details are to follow...enjoy!
Our friends, the Easterlings are here adopting the same time as we are. I have known them since before they were married and Caroline, pictured here, was a baby when her mom was a bridesmaid in our wedding! How time has flown and it is astounding to be crossing paths with them overseas as we both are on the trail to adopt our precious children. Here we are at Mafia restaurant. Micky just HAD to get the giant pizza, even after we had already eaten a full meal...
Micky stuffing his face in front of yet another cathedral. Can't blame him though. They were the best waffles we had ever eaten and the strawberry sauce was to die for!
The woman who guards Kyiv. This statue is taller by 10 meters, than the Statue of Liberty.
Tanks that are now decorated with pretty flowers!
Jeff and Dahlia and Masha, our lovely and brilliant 19-year old tour guide and historian.
Dahlia with her no-sleeping self on the train. Next stop: Lugansk!!!