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Trip Start Dec 01, 2007
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Our facilitator, Luba, left last night to go back to Kiev for a meeting with a US agency and some diplomats regarding adoption of older children. So, Arno and I are on our own for a few days. It's OK- we know our way around. We know how to get to the hotel, restaurant, food stores, and the orphanage. That's all we need, other than that we,ve explored a little, but there's not a whole lot to do in this city. It's spread out, but mostly with apartments, dotted with a few little food shops. There is no paperwork to be done until Wednesday, when our paperwork from the orphanage is to be complete. By then Luba will have returned and will initiate the process of getting a court date. This takes at least 10 days, as the judge is required to review the paperwork for at least 10 days before the court date
We continue to visit Anastasia 21/2-3 hours daily. We're getting into a routine of mixing teaching and playing. She is progressing daily. We get big greetings and big long hugs, even kissesfrom her now, as she is getting very comfortable with us.We are talking with our kids back home on the phone, but still miss them. We love you Jonathan and Cameron.
Arno writing- For those of you planning a trip to Ukraine I have a few tips.
Before we left we bought some Enzymatic Pearls which are probiotic pills from Wal-Mart. They help prevent "Montazuma's revenge". We buy water in 2 liter bottles of water since you're not supposed to drink the tap water here. Alot of people are friendly and honest. They like it if you speak some of their language. I only began studying Russian on the internet around 8 months before we left, but it is enough. Some people here speak a little English as they teach it in the schools. A salad in a restaurant does not always mean a lettuce and tomato salad as they have many different kinds of salad. Three things some Ukrainian people find interesting about Lancie:
She doesn't drink any alcohol.
She doesn't eat bread with her meal.
She only eats salad for a meal.
We showed Anastasia pictures of different foods and she seems to like the vegies and fruits- not so much meat.