|Ivan parked out front in his Lada Samara.|
Ivan drove us to the orphanage, strategically avoiding each pothole he has carefully memorized. We arrived on what was a beautiful morning again. Maria says she appreciates that we brought the sun with us from Arizona.
|Approaching the main entrance to the orphanage|
|Beautiful detail above the front doors.|
|View from our "spot" in the room where we spend time together.|
|Sequence, round 1|
Ivan returned to the orphanage to pick us up at noon and take us back to the apartment. It was a beautiful, sunny and warm day so we decided we should venture out. Naturally, we had to check out the local McDonald's. Our food tasted the same, if not better, than the same items in the States. For example, I could actually taste potato in their french fries a couple different times. We don't frequent McD's often in the States, but to have something familiar for a meal really made us happy. I guess you could call ours a happy meal!
|I do not get this excited about hamburgers in America.|
From McDonald's we traveled just across the street to a mall with an underground "super market." I must say we felt pretty accomplished weighing and tagging multiple produce and other bulk items without assistance. Thank you modern technology. When in doubt use your handy iPhone camera to take a picture of the sign above the item you wish to purchase. Then take your item to the nearest scale, picture in hand, weigh the item and proceed to use your picture of the Cyrillic text to find the matching Cyrillic characters on the keyboard. Type in the name of your item and "voila!" you have successfully printed the tag for your food item. We thought we were pretty smart devising this method.
|Example of signage.|
|Soborna Square and Cherkasy's regional administration building. Most of the windows in this building have recently been replaces due to the breakage that occurred during the protests.|
|Memorial in Soborna Square commemorating the lives lost during the protesting a few weeks ago.|
Cooking was another success and we sat down to a nice meal of a salad, some mixed vegetables and grilled "meat" and cheese sandwiches. Not sure that I can rightfully place whatever packaged item we ate in the actual meat category, it's more like a distant relative to a hot dog...which is not meat in my book. Anyway, we enjoyed the meal and it made me feel human again to consume vegetables.
Tonight we also utilized "Dish Anywhere" and watched an episode of Law & Order: SVU on our makeshift entertainment center...the clothes drying rack. It worked and made us feel like we were home again...well, almost.
With that, day three in Cherkasy comes to a close. We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, as well as Crimea and Russia, as a referendum will be taking place shortly to decide the future of Crimea. The decision will determine whether Crimea is annexed back to Russia or if it will remain part of Ukraine. It's important to note that the referendum is being deemed illegal/illegitimate by the majority of the international community. The vote is being talked about as a mere formality, meaning it doesn't matter how the people vote, the decision has already been made. Would you please join us in praying for all the people affected by the tension and unrest that looms. Pray for the people in leadership/government positions. Pray for Putin.