Sunday, January 20, 2008

1-20-08 10:00am Kiev

Last night I was able to call Elizabeth and let her know we are here. Hopefully she updated my blog to let others around the globe know.  It is amazing to me that so many are praying for us!  We are definitely way out of our element here.  I've never been to a country where I didn't at least understand a majority of the language, but here I am completely lost.  It is a weird feeling.  One I knew I'd have, but still isn't the same until you're here.  And that's from a standpoint where we haven't even left the apartment yet this morning!

I forgot to mention yesterday that one of the times that Natalia called yesterday (it had to be over a dozen exchanges between us and her but she speaks very clear English and is easy to understand despite the cell phone's cracking) that she said that she has found us an apartment in the region we're going to get our daughter for $35/night and after we have the paperwork from the SDA she will book it for us if that's ok.  That sounds great.  I'd been told by someone I chatted with online to expect that rate where we're headed.

On other news we got here so late yesterday that we didn't go out again last night.  And on the last quick plane ride I slept the entire time so I didn't get the little drink or food offered.  And when we were in Frankfurt it was $5 for a drink and I didn't need one, so I bypassed it at the airport.  I think it's been since the overseas flight- where mind you people don't drink a whole lot of liquids or else the end up in the airplane commode for hours- since I had a good drink.  And we can't drink the water.  I'm THIRSTY.

Mike just informed me that he boiled water last night and drank it.  I'm going to have to do that.  I don't think I can go out walking without anything to drink and not have a problem.  That will be our first stop this morning.  I wish I'd thought to do two things at this point:

1-    pack a bottle or three of water so we'd have it when we got here (in checked luggage of course)
2-    have money for the cell phone and to exchange immediately as well as our apartment's first night's pay out of our money wallet

Those two things would have saved us a lot of hassle this morning.  Oh well!!

Off to boil water, get something to drink and explore Kiev a bit!

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  1. I am glad to see you made it and that you do have an apartment. Hopefully you will be able to get out and about today to at least see what the area. Hopefully this journey will fly by and you will be home very quickly.


  2. Wow, what an adventure and it's only just begun!!!!! Glad to hear that you have made it there safe and sound!!! Cant wait to hear about the SDA appt!

  3. this is kinda exciting to watch unfold...

  4. Glad you made it to Kiev safely. Make sure you see Independance square & all the cathedrals. And don't forget to take lots of UAH with you to the SDA appointment. All of the great places to buy stuff are right outside the SDA!
    Enjoy your time being tourists!

  5. Hi guys, so glad you are safe and soundly there. Get your walking shoes on, your Ukrainian money and get some drinks!! There are little stores all over the place, don't be scared, you need not go without drinks, you can do it!

  6. I'm so glad you arrived safely and things are going fairly well so far.
    Thank you so much for sharing so many details! I've put away my most recent novel and I'm reading your blog faithfully instead.
    I can't wait to hear more about your little girl and what's to come!

  7. I'm so glad that you've arrived safely. It is very exciting to hear about how things are going. I can't wait to hear about your first visit with your daughter! I can't wait to hear more.
    Praying for you!