They picked us up at 2pm and we didn't return until about 8pm (our apologies to the kids for not making it home at 6 to Skype with them). They showed us the main sites in town and all the places that would be great photos for Dairya's book about her hometown. We took the ladies and their husbands out for dinner to show our appreciation. All 6 of us ate dinner for $35! Seriously! We ate borscht, salad and vareniki (stuffed dumplings). Oh, and I was lucky enough to be able to try out a squat toilet at the restaurant! Let me tell you Jason and I were stuffed dumplings after the meal, we could barely waddle back to the trolley bus.
Victoria is also going to give us her recipes for these dishes so we can make them at home. Aidan had the great idea that on the anniversary of Dariya's gotcha day each year we should make food from her country. Now we will have authentic recipes to use.
We are so excited to meet Dariya tomorrow. Ludamila, our parent liason is coming to our city to take us to the orphanage and get the paperwork started to file for a court date. Please keep praying that our court date happens quickly and there is no hold up of the paperwork. While we love the culture, food and people here we miss being home too.
Here are a few of the things we saw today...
|Victoria & Sasha|
|Olga & Victoria with their husbands|
|Former building of the Slovyanskyi Hotel, now a bank|
|One of the many local churches|
|Seaside houses on the river that runs through the middle of the country|
|Lock tree-bride and grooms come hang a lock on the tree on their wedding day|
|Enjoying our cultural meal and experience|