Traveling Across Ukraine - The Adventure Continues
11.13.2009 33 °F
Before leaving Kiev, we visited the US Embassy and Jeff completed his part of the paperwork. Jeff is leaving Ukraine next week and needed to finish the paperwork. Next stop was the Kiev train station as we began a 16 hour train ride across Ukraine to Mariupol. We were able to see some of the countryside. The area is very rural until you get to Mariupol which is an industrial city with steel mills and lots of pollution. The worldwide recession has affected Mariupol greatly as over 20,000 people have lost their jobs in a city with 400,000 people. The area is reminesent of a World War II movie depiction of Eastern Europe.
Today, we went to the Orphanage and visited Natasha and Sasha. They were so happy to see us and Natasha told us she knew we would come. They have been waiting and looking for us everyday and today was the day they have been waiting for. We have put some pictures of the orphanage on our photo gallery.
Currently the country is under quarantine with the swine flu and we must wait until the 23rd for our paperwork to continue the adoption process. We are staying at Jeremiah's Hope Transition Living Center in Mariupol. This is a housing facility run by a humanitarian group that helps orphans. They have been very kind to us. There are 10 kids here in the center.
Will keep you updated with our progress.