Tonight we are giving a fireside to the young single adults, introducing ourselves and talking about our family. We are going to try to do some of it in Russian, so we will see how that goes.
Yesterday we went to the local reenik, which is huge public market part indoor, part outdoor, that literally has everything. A big butcher area in one part where they have whole animals being butchered, whole rabbits with just the fur left on the feet, amazing vegetables and fruits, many kinds of mushrooms, dried fruits and nuts, cheeses, breads, and then little shops selling clothes, household goods, anything you are looking for. We enjoyed the shops, then learned how to ride the metro subway. We are slowly learning our way around the city.
Our apartment is very modest but homey and comfortable. There are three doors you have to unlock before you actually get into the apartment. The first two doors are about four inches thick each, we are told that apartments were built that way to keep the police out. Whatever the reason, we feel very safe here. We have two bedrooms, one bath, a small kitchen, and a nice size living room.
The McCauleys have been so good to us, and have shown us so much in the short time we have been here. We have had two long days of office training and meetings, have been learning how to schedule travel for transfers, visa trips etc. This is probably what we will spend most of our time on. There are visa trips almost every week.
when we walk down the street most people totally avoid looking at us. I noticed on the subway that everyone reads our name tags, but if you try to smile and say hello they look the other way. Most people look very serious and not too happy. Maybe we can bring some light into some people's lives.
The missionaries here are very strong, spiritual young men and women. They are teaching many people, especially young adults. We want to help them in whatever way we can.
We love all of you and miss you, and hope that all is well with you.
Location:Sept 11, 2011 Sunday