Saturday, March 14, 2009

Wait Day - 4 Saturday in Vladivostok

Saturday. Does it seem possible that I have been here a WEEK? Nyet! 1 week down, 2 to go!! Saturday in Vladivostok was - err a mixed bag!

I will admit that boredom is setting in! I turned on the TV to find American Idol TWICE again today! Enough! Sheesh with the American Idol. I thought I'd miss most of the season - even though I DVRed while gone, I rarely go back and watch the whole Idol episode. Nyet - I am overdosing on American Idol. I did watch an episode of "Nip/Tuck" from Rhonda's DVDs last night. Very good - will watch again tonight assuming I don't zzzz.

So my "Vlad family" (Lisa + Andrew, Jeanette + Sophie) and I hung out at the hotel for a good portion of the morning and afternoon. We met another new arrival family - The Traylor's from Florida. Their first visit was in September, so I can no longer complain about my timeline! They are adopting a little boy who just turned 3 - and is from the same baby home as Sophie.
Later, Lisa and Andrew took me on our adventure of the day: we wandered out to the little "party store" near the hotel. I wanted to get some "Coca-Cola Light" for the hotel and other assorted items. Then we walked back via the railroad stop. It was chilly but not horrible.

When we got back to the hotel there was a wedding party taking pictures in the lobby. WOW is all that can be said. The bride was -- ummm -- endowed and hmmm showing off her goods. Quite the lowcut bridal gown. To "top it all off" (literally) she had smothered herself in body glitter - well at least "part" of her if you get my drift. Andrew and Lisa were able to get some pictures... enough said. The rest of the eve we hung out in the gathering room upstairs called "The White Rabbit" (you Vlad alumnae know it well!).

Paka from Vlad!

Abandoned "house" in front of the Vlad Inn. This is a former school that moved up the road to much more spacious digs!

The "restrooms" near the market (read: party store) by the hotel.

The aforementioned "market"


Kim said...

I love your updates! Too funny about the bride! LOL! Nip/Tuck is a GREAT way to pass the time. :)

Rhonda said...

what goods did you find at the market? paprika pringles perhaps?


Heather said...

I can tell from the tone of this post that you are pretty bored. :o) Did you like how the market had like 3 shelves of food to choose from and all the rest of it was 'beverages'? And a lot of the food appeared to be pickled or something. I am sure it is an acquired taste! I have heard some people have counted the button/knobs in the ceiling of their hotel room to past time. Perhaps you can report how many are in your room. Just kidding! Hang in there. Soon Little T will be by your side.

Pamela said...

I was thinking about you today. I was wondering if you are bored out of your mind yet. It's funny, you will be bored, and then once you get Tatiana, you will not have a free moment for quite some time! If you ever get run down, call S. With 4 kids under 5, she will always be more warn out. LOL.

lanotch said...

my wife and I are about to depart to Vlad (only trip 1). Question - are you able to visit your child during the 10 day waiting period? If so, can you visit multiple times?

Troy and Rachel said...

4 down - 6 to go!! You're almost halfway there! Oh my on the bride's endowment and the glitter! I'm glad you are making your way around the area. Just think when you return you'll know all about who is and who isn't going to be the American Idol!