Well, we are finally in Kiev. It was quite an experience. When we took off on our long cross-Atlantic flight, we were sitting near a young boy, about 5 years old who was screaming before, during and after take off. At first, we felt sorry for him, assuming he was scared or that his ears were popping but finally we realized what he was saying in his anguished screams. It was simply "I WANT MY IPAD". He screamed that over and over again until mercifully the seat belt sign was turned off and we were all instructed that we could turn on electric devices. All was well again until ... you guessed it... landing approached and all electronic devices had to be turned off. He was at it again. Oh well, I kind of know how he feels as the first thing I did was find a wi-fi so I could get on mine. But before I could do that, we had to get Debbie through customs. She actually had 2 iPads and apparently that is frowned upon. She was almost detained for 30 minutes or more and given a citation to appear in court. I had to leave the customs area while they interrogated her. I was becoming quite nervous and about to try to get back inside to her when she appeared, unflustered with both iPads and all other belongings.
So, we are fully and completely in country with all of our belongings. We have made a pit stop at the local McDonald's while we wait for our driver to pick up some documents. Trying to order at a McDonald's in Kiev is quite interesting. I managed to get a Diet Coke (I've got to figure out how to ask for ice) and fries (they were within view for me to point at. We will be in Kiev tonight and will be picked up at 6 a.m to start our adveture of getting paperwork.
Looks like we will "go dark" tomorrow as we will be spending the night in Priluki. Will post more when we can.