Our adventure has begun!
We left our apartment around noon in search of a spot to eat lunch. We hadn't eaten breakfast yet and we were pretty hungry. My words to Mark were "I want to go to a great place for our first lunch. Somewhere that really shows the culture." The only problem was that we had no idea where to go. If you put restaurant in Google Maps all of the results pop up in Russian and there's no Yelp. We decided that we'd just find a place by walking around. We walked to the SDA to check it out and went up and down the surrounding streets. Most of the restaurants we saw had either menus completely in Russian or they were too expensive. We found a Hyatt hotel and decided to go in and ask the concierge for a recommendation. My words were "we don't want anything fancy" (aka cheap, please). He told us about an Italian restaurant nearby so we decided to try it. There wasn't a menu posted outside and you had to go upstairs to see inside the restaurant, but we decided to try it because he recommended it. When we walked in, they took our coats and gave us a claim tag. We sat down, opened the menu, and realized we couldn't afford it. This wasn't even a moment of trying to be frugal, it was that we literally didn't have enough grivna to cover even one of our meals. Our coats had been checked and we had no way to pay for our meal. Completely embarrassed and making a bad name for Americans, we tried to explain that we needed to leave and would need our coats back. We practically crawled out of there with shame. We continued to walk around in search of a restaurant. At this point we'd been walking around for over an hour and were really hungry. It was at that moment of desperation that we looked up and saw a McDonalds. My head was screaming NOOO don't do it...you don't travel 6,000 miles and eat at a McDonalds. But guess what? My stomach won and chicken nuggets were consumed. Yep, our "great, cultural lunch" was eaten at McDonalds. It felt so wrong, yet tasted so right.
After lunch we walked around some more. This is St. Michael's Church, our next door neighbor! Isn't it beautiful?
The weather has been relatively warm. In fact we've been hot walking around. We joked that we should wear a tank top under our coat, but that wouldn't really work when we went inside and took our coats off. The women are beautiful here and wear gorgeous fur coats. Even though we've only been here a day Kiev looks like a fun city that we are hoping to explore more tomorrow after our appointment.
For Dinner we met up with another adoptive family. We had a lot of fun eating and talking about our journeys. Our appointments are at the same time tomorrow so we're hoping we both come out of there with a darling picture of our kid(s)! Please keep us in your prayers. Our appointment is at 10am Ukrainian time (California time is Tuesday at midnight). Pray specifically for clarity, calmness of spirit, and wisdom. We appreciate all your love and support!