Tuesday, January 17, 2012
First Day Adventure
We had a great first day in the Ukraine. After we arrived on the airplane we were preasantly surprised that the entire cit of Kiev is white with snow. Coming from Texas this was a rare sight. The people of Kiev have been very hospitable and the city is much more modern than one would think. Last night we went down to Independence Square which is a newer area of the city. We met with other couples that were adopting. We received a lot of insight into to process and finally were able to meet the people we have been talking to on facebook for the last few months. Most of them are headed out today to meet their child(ren), but we have to wait until Friday to see Braeden. We have an SDA appointment tomorrow and the whole process starts from there. Our apartment is in the Golden Gate area and we were very pleased with the condition and the area. We are right down the street from an embassy building, although I have not figured out which one it is. Language is definitely a barrier here. Unlike Western European cities, very few Ukrainians speak english. Even at American restaurants, such as the one we went to last night, waiters speak very little English. Thank goodness some of the menu was in English and I can point at pictures. We are trying to help communication by saying words we know, but with our accents who knows if they understand us. We will write more tomorrow when we get a chance. Hopefully our meeting tomorrow will go as planned. God Bless!!