The other day, Rachel and Caleb sat down and wrote a little something.
So you asked… “Do I like being back in Ukraine?” Well… since I have been here, I have enjoyed myself a lot. I remember many things too… like some of the foods. I remember eating little dried, salty fish and my Dad found some kind of the same and we shared a piece. I don’t like it anymore. I also remember the milk, and boursh that I love. Also, some of the words that people are saying I remember. They are coming back to me and I can understand certain things. Today, we met Anastasia and Paul! They are so adorable and I had lots of fun playing with them. Tonight, my Mom and I packed little bags of goodies for them. I can’t wait to give it to them! Also I can't wait to go shopping for candy and stuff like that.
Well this is Caleb and I heard that my mom’s blog visitors wanted me to do a blog post…so here I am. What I think of Ukraine..hmm. I have mixed feelings of it right now, some stuff I really like and others I don’t. I really like how busy Kiev is, and I like the little shops everywhere in it, and yesterday we went to dinner with two other American couples that were here. I liked visiting with the American couples, but the food I “tried” to eat didn’t float my boat. I wouldn’t really say it’s bad, its just VERY different from what I’m used to. I think I got some boneless chicken, some mixed veggies, and some potatoes. Believe it or not, my favorite part was the mixed veggies. It was pretty cool to see that porcupine or hedge hog…whatever it was. I was amazed to see it so close to the road. My Mom kept telling me that the restrooms were the worst part of Ukraine, in the restaurants, in the apartments, and ESPECIALLY on the train, I’ve been to all three of them and I have to say, she exaggerated way too much. They were about as bad as an American McDonald's restroom. I am actually typing this at midnight on the train to Kramatorsk so I’m going to end this blog post now and maybe type another on in the next couple of days. If you have more questions about how I feel about things in Ukraine, please just email my mom or post a comment on the blog with your question and I will answer it in my next post. In the end, out of a scale of one to 10, I give Ukraine an 8.
I must add that I exaggerated about the bathrooms so that he would be pleasantly surprised when he actually used them. And.... I guess it worked. Calev is beginning to eat more things-- like pizza, ice-cream, cheese, and homemade veesh-nee perogies which are tart cherries. He has also used the outhouse-- Rachel too! Rachel has been enjoying her time at the Internat but when I ask her-- she misses absolutely nothing about orphanage life-- which is good.
We had the most amazing visit today-- they just seem to be getting better and better. Why you might be asking? Today we visited with all the children and got to see where the kids sleep and eat. We were like magnets and with 75 beautiful faces looking at you longingly--- it is hard to not feel touched emotionally and spiritually. Oh I wish they could all have loving families--- they would make wonderful sons and daughters---- such beautiful girls and handsome young men.
Pictures to come..... I hope. And let's not forget all of the wonderful stories. We have so many of them---- the walnut story, the boyfriend story, the gum story, etc. etc.
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