Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We are here

It's around 1 pm here. We arrived last night, late. Niko picked us up and took us the grocery store, then to our apartment. I will try to make this blog as informative for other families as possible
. As soon as he picked us up he took us to a grocery store to get some food/water and exchange money. Have around 150 dollars to exhange so that you can get some food and pay Niko for the ride from the airport and the minutes on your phone. That was 290 Grivna's. Niko speaks some English and he is very kind and informative. We got water, meat, cheese, chocolate, of course, bread, and yogurt. We made sandwiches last night since we hadn't eaten. It was good, we did not get sick from the change in food or anything.
Our apartment is fine, not as nice as we had for our last adoption, but it will work.
I would def suggest brining a queen fitted sheet. Waking up to find the flat sheet they use as a fitted sheet has shifted and you are no laying on the mattress is kind of gross, no matter what country you are in.
Our kitchen has a stove, fridge, and even a microwave.
It also has a handy dandy water warmer thing. I brought Starbucks via with me, which although is a little pricey, it is worth it, not having to go walking for coffee. It is already lightly sweetened so I brought those and individual powdered creamer.
The interenet we have is the cable kind, we had to turn off the modem and turn it back on to get it to work. They left the password for us. Works fine!
We slept from aroudn 2 am last night to 12:30 pm here. I took melatonin and slept great!
When I logged into the computer another RR family who is here was on facebook, so I chatted with the wife and we will meet up with them later!How cool is that.
The stinky part is since our SDA appt is not until Thursday and we don't pick up our referral until Friday, we have to stay in the capitol till Monday morning, then drive to meet Alanna. It seems like a forever wait!!
If you think of any questions just post them in  the comment section!!
Off to shower and go walking. We have all the windows open, it is beautiful outside!


  1. So glad you made it there safely! Thanks for all the details, too! That's awesome and so helpful! We're praying for you! I know you can't wait to meet Alanna! So excited for you!

  2. Did your flights get delayed to the city? I'm wondering if going just one day early will be enough, or if we should go two days early.

  3. Cara, thank you for my shirt! I love it, will wear it with pride!

  4. You got the same foods from the market that we did, lol. Niko put most of them in the basket for us. After your SDA appt you will probably have to wait around for awhile while they do paperwork - the street is lined with souvenir shops. They all speak English. There's an Italian restaurant with an English menu right across from the SDA too. Good luck tomorrow!

  5. Hi! Your post is AWESOME! We should get our date this week and I was so happy to find your blog with all of the info! Of course, getting to see your little cutie will be even more awesome! Hope your weekend flies by :-)