So after I posted yesterday, my new friends Lisa and Andrew and I wandered out on what was Lisa and I's second excursion of the day. Big happenings in Vladivostok!! We wandered down to the ocean again and -- walked out on the frozen water. The weather has been pretty nice the last couple days - mid to high 40s, so the ocean isn't as solid as it probably was back in January. No worries of falling through, but I am sure we won't be able to do that much longer! Check out my cool pink UGGs!
I moved into a suite yesterday at the hotel as well. It's super nice to actually have additional places to sit! I never thought I'd get so excited over a loveseat and chair. There is an ajoining door to the room next door, so I am hoping that's the room that Rhonda gets when she arrives. If we leave the door open she can come and go as she pleases, and also take advantage of the kitchen and living area.
Today it was back to see Little T - hopefully our last visit in the "visiting room". Compared to what many of the other families tell me about the visiting rooms at their children's baby homes, it's quite a large room - but we're all really tired of being cooped up in that room. Tatiana seemed like she's getting a little scared of Sergei for some reason. The last couple days she won't "bring him things" which used to be a favorite game of ours. Hopefully she's not creating a fear of men - although that's typical of many of the children from orphanage.
Tomorrow it's off the store. Other than the small "market" I posted a picture of a couple days ago, I haven't hit a store yet since arriving on this trip. Now that I have a kitchen we can make things more in the room and potentially save on the restaurant charges. I don't care HOW good a restaurant is, after eating the same menu for almost two weeks, it's hard NOT to be tired of it. Lisa and I decided that we'd like to look for break and bake cookies tomorrow at the store -- that would be most excellent. Come on Nestle -- come through for me.
I'll sign off now -- this week's American Idol is on for what I am sure will be the first of MANY showings. Paka!
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