6/1/10-6/4/10:There's really not a whole lot of exciting stuff to tell in this period of the trip, at least not for our family. We mostly hung out with the three other families in region and watched two of them go through the process of bringing their children out of the orphanage which ended up being quite helpful as you'll see. We walked around and shopped a lot since the weather was nice. We found quite a few grocery stores as well as children's shops, a mall, and an electronics store in our wanderings. We took on the Russian custom of daily grocery shopping and wandered out to the store at least once a day for more bread, sausage, ramen noodle, or sometimes an ice cream. I got lots of requests from our family for pictures of what it looks like to walk around in the streets of Russia so I'll share some of those I took while we walked and out the windows of our hotel rooms...
We actually did get to visit a couple of times once our son was moved to summer camp. His orphanage has some property out about half an hour to an hour's drive (depending on which hotel we were staying at) out in the country and it really was beautiful out there. During the first visit we had there the staff was still cleaning and moving things around so they asked us to play with the children outside. It was very nice except that it was mosquito season so we got eaten alive that day!
The summer camp was located near the top of a huge hill (especially to this Indiana girl who lives in flat land!) and the driver stopped on the way home part way down so we could all take some pictures. There were a lot of people who had built their own summer homes on the hill and plenty of them were out doing yard work and getting their summer gardens ready.
I suppose I ought to leave it here for now. It's getting kind of long and the next part of the story takes awhile so that'll be next post.