We are having a great time in Ukraine. The streets are really slippery and we are doing a lot of walking. We walked to the McDonalds and really ENJOYED having fast food! Randy is amazed by the way people drive and park. You can park on the sidewalks - which means you walk in the streets a lot. All of the streets by our apartment are one way - this does not mean that they only drive one direction. The signs say one way but Randy is of the opinion that all traffic laws are suggestions, not actual laws. Seat belts are always fastened and behind the seat, where they do absolutely no good. Yelena looked at us a little askew when we put them on.
The churches here are absolutely beautiful and are our favorite landmarks to find our way back to the apartment. All of the buildings here have amazing architecture.
Our apartment is within walking distance of the SDA building. Right next to another lovely church. We met with an interpreter and a social worker who showed us the girls (as babies) and told us that they are indeed available for adoption. They were both abandoned at the hospital at birth. Lera's birthday is September 2nd and Lena's birthday is May 4th. They asked how our kids felt about new sisters and we asked if they had any medical information on them. The medical information is sketchy at the SDA. The orphanage has better records about this. They did say that Lera was diagnosed with Cardiopathy and Lena was diagnosed "congenital heart disease and hypotonia". Not really news.
I showed them pictures of our kids and showed them a few photos that we have from Wendy Saunders. They said our referal will be ready tomorrow between 5 and 6pm tomorrow. We have train tickets for tomorrow night to Odessa and then we will be taking a taxi to Izmail! I can't wait to see our girls!