The apartment we rented has turned out to be a gem. It feels like home away from home after just a short time. We love being in this location, it is so close to everything. We have ventured out to some really great restaurants and have been pleasently surprised on how many people speak great english. The menus have been in Russian and English, we haven't had a problem talking to anyone and the Russians seem very happy to please us. While walking on the streets tho, that is a totally different world. You really need to know where you are going, because the Russians just push there way to where they need to go. If you stop and are in their way, they will be happy to push you along to the side. We really have been able to navigate Nevsky very easily. It would have been great to see this place in the summer, I bet it is a totally different world then.
Today we went to the largest shopping mall here, it has everything you could ever want. The prices are very high and everyone here wants "brands". We did happen to find a store outside our apartment that has some nice souveniers.
We have mixed emotions tonight as we get ready to pack, it will be so hard to leave our daughter here, and pray that the nice women who have raised her thus far will continue to do a great job. We pray for her safety and that her heart will be full with all the love that we send her way.
Friday night we ate at Bogarts, it was a recommendation from
Ina, our translator at the clinic.
It was really good, it had Humphrey Bogart decor everywhere
We had a really good meal, and for desert:
Julie we thought of you at this time!
This picture was taken towards evening time,
looking down our street at the
This was taken the other night,
it is a beautiful book store with a cafe
This is inside the bookstore, we ate there tonight
our last meal before leaving St. Petersburg.
It was good, and we had another great dessert