Hi, ya'll! Just some random pictures today. Since all we've done adoption-wise these last two days is Vika's embassy medical exam and met with the lady who is helping with our embassy paperwork, we've mostly been relaxing and exploring a little. We can't venture too far or for too long, though. Our little lady can only handle so much.
Our hotel - it caters mostly to business travelers, but is also used to serving adoptive families. We like it. Some very famous people have stayed here: presidents of U.S., Russia, and other countries, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, actors, sports figures, models.
The view from our hotel window. The Moscow River runs by our hotel. There is a Metro station, shopping mall with a food court and grocery store, and a McDonald's all close by.
Vika admiring the view. It's so fun seeing her experience things for the first time. She's really taking it all in amazingly well.
Sleepy girl. When she wakes up you can see her looking around at her surroundings like she's trying to understand where she's at. Then she seems to remember and begins her usual exploring.
Moscow at dusk. This city is absolutely stunning. Everywhere you look there are magnificent buildings. Traffic, though, is horrendous; you've got to keep your wits about you all the time if you want to avoid getting hit, especially if you're on foot.
Vika rides the subway. Such a trooper. It's a bit freaky at times, even for me. I got a little queasy on the ginormous escalators that go on for what seems like forever. So many people, and the noise. She did amazing.
State library with an impressive statue of Dosteovsky.
These are the scariest birds ever. First of all, we had never seen any like them. But the really scary thing is that they're big and two times they came flying at me and just swerved in the other direction at the last second.
The roof of the famous department store, GUM. Since Red Square was blocked off today - totally bummed about that- we went for a walk around the block. Some very fine (expensive) shopping here. Places I can't even afford to look. Btw, did you know that this city has more millionaires than any other city in the world?
The Bolshoi Theater
Back at the hotel - elevator ride. Is Gabe a proud papa or what? He loves Vika so much. We both do. Can't wait to see what the future holds in store for that little girl.