Monday, November 10, 2008

A day of sightseeing...

I am glad to hear that you all like all the details in my posts! But, if you don't, feel free to skim through or just look at the pictures. If you double click on a picture, you should be able to see it in more detail.

My day, unfortunately, started about 5:15 AM! I was awake for a little while and started thinking, I wonder what time it is. The sun comes up on the other side of our building, so it is a little hard to tell if it is morning yet. I got up and found Ryan's watch and took it into the bathroom to see what time it was. I couldn't believe it, it was 10:45 AM! I was worried we were going to sleep our day away and not have any time to explore Moscow. So, I wake Ryan up and tell him what time it is. He looks at his travel alarm clock and informs me that it is 5:15 AM! I tell him to look at his watch...oops, I had it upside down! I tried to go back to sleep, but was wide awake. I got up for an hour and a half and did some stuff on the computer. Luckily, our kitchen has a door, so I don't think I bothered Ryan. I decided to try to get some more sleep and luckily was able to.
After we were both up and showered, we took off down Novy Arbat street towards Red Square. It was about a 20 minute walk. The high today was suppose to be 39 degrees, so it was a nice day for a walk. Once we got there, we sat down to look at our map. We hear a bunch of dogs barking and all of a sudden we see this pack of dogs running towards us! I am really not a fan of strange dogs, so this concerned me a bit. Ryan promised to protect me and luckily they just ran on by. Throughout the day we saw several stray dogs just roaming around. They must get fed because they don't look skinny, but they look sad. :(
We were able to see something like our Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Lenin's tomb, Kremlin Wall, GUM shopping mall, Basil's Cathederal, and tons of neat looking buildings.
There are 2 of these guys at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They stand compeletly still. One guy periodically marches over to them to make sure they are standing exactly right. They were standing so still we thought they were mannequins at first!

I believe this is the largest shopping mall in Russia, or was the first one built. It is huge. We didn't go in but walked all the way around it. It is very upscale.







St. Basil's was really impressive and neat to actually be at after seeing so many pictures of it on other adoptive families' blogs. I didn't realize until we were there that you could go inside for a small ticket price.

We at lunch at One Red Square, which is located in the basement of the History Museum. Here is a picture of the building.










It was a little nicer than we expected, but they menus in English. I decided to stick with something that sounded safe, pancakes with butter. Ryan ventured out a little and chose something called the Hunter's Salad. It has venison in it, so any hunter needed to try it. I think our waitress thought we should be ordering more. Ryan's was a salad and mine was under the snack section. Here is a picture of our meals.









They were both surprisingly good and held us off until dinner.
On our way back to our apartment, I saw a young man holding what appeared to be 2 kids. One on each hip. It turns out they were monkeys dressed up as children! It was the strangest thing to see, unfortunately, I didn't get a picture.
When we got back from sightseeing we got a call from M. She gave us the plan for tomorrow. They will pick us up tomorrow at 9:30 AM, we will go to make copies, then to our appointment at the MOE. Here is where they will tell us a little about our child, then we will get to go see her! She told us that our daughter has a cold, so we might be meeting her at the clinic. They seperate kids in the orphanage that are sick so that they don't get the rest of the kids sick. It just made her so much more real that we were told that she has a cold, if that makes any sense. It is one of the first things I know about her, I don't even know how old she is! Ryan wouldn't ask if she could tell us how old she is!

One of the highlights of our day was meeting with an adoptive couple that I have gotten to know. They were here for their court date, so they are offically parents of their little sweet girl. It was so fun to meet them in person and talk about our experiences. We met at TGIFs, so the food was pretty normal. Ryan's Fanta was served warm, while my Coca - Cola Light was served cold.





Well, I better get some sleep. I can't wait to meet our daughter!

15 comments:

Holli said...

LOVE the PICTURES - LOVE IT ALL....well EXCEPT that you went to TGIF???? WHAT!? you are a bad American!:) CAN'T WAIT FOR TOMORROW!!! Praying you can get a good night sleep, Kiara has an amazing Birthday and that your daughter is feeling better!
Love you guys! Promise me you will not eat at another American joint!!! You can eat it for the REST of your lives!:)

Holli said...

I don't know if you got my last comment....it gave me an error??
I just asked Andy "Guess where the Wolland went to eat in Moscow?"
His response "Please not TGIF!?"
:)

CJentes said...

so cool!

Dani said...

Yeah...can't wait to see her...and then meet her! Woohoo!!!!

AbbyMel said...

Oh my, I am praying so much for you and Ryan and your little one. I cannot believe the day has come, you will finally meet her. Have fun and embrace every second of it....oh I have had COke Light in the DR, it tastes so much different.

The Gibbs' said...

Just a quick note to let you know that we are praying for you! Hope the meeting goes great! I have tears in my eyes, how wonderful...cant wait to hear about it! Dawn

The Gibbs' said...

I hope this isnt posting a second time, if so I am sorry.
I just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you guys, hope the meeting goes well. I have tears in my eyes for you guys, Nicole I just love how you wrote, so I can meet my daughter, what excitment!

Amy said...

Hey Nichole!! I'm glad to hear you made it there safe and sound. Brings back memories! I pray everything goes very well at DOE. I can't wait to hear all about your daughter!!

natenjoyrug said...

I am going to bed right now knowing that you are about to get up and meet her...I am soooo excited for you! Can't wait to see her and hear about her! Love you both! Happy Birthday to Kiara too!

natenjoyrug said...

WHY NO POST YET....???I am DYING????

natenjoyrug said...

I have checked 4 times this morning and it's only 9:30! HURRY...teehee!

The Gardners said...

We are so excited! I can't wait to hear all about your new daughter!

Ute said...

Keep up the info - love it!

Nicole said...

I keep pushing "refresh" - can't wait to hear how today went!

Katie and Pete said...

Another one pushing refresh here! Cannot wait to hear how your day meeting your little one went....

Katie