After leaving the orphanage, we headed to the apartment where we will be staying when we return. It is near a large mall. Magda says it is the largest in Poland. They have street signs in the mall to help navigate. The apartment facilities were nice. They are all furnished, have tv’s, wifi, playgrounds, and a guarded entry. We were told that there are some celebrities that live there so it is guarded and well maintained. Afterwards, a tour of the mall was in order. A quick trip through the Polish version of Wal-Mart showed us that everything we would need would be right there, from soup in a box, to clothes, to diapers, to a whole frozen catfish, whiskers and all. Lunch was in the food court. Choices range from Thai to McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Kebabs and traditional dishes. Leigh went with the traditional foods and I had a kebab. There is lody everywhere in the mall. I think it will be a great, potentially fattening place to live. However, we have to walk to the mall to get it, so it will be our reward for the exercise of walking to the mall. Justified.
We then took the train back to the hotel to rest and freshen up before returning to see Wiktoria and the other children at 3. This afternoon we stayed and played around the orphanage and played bubbles, in the ball pit and with the other kids. Wiktoria seems to be getting closer to both of us, yet we have to leave her in a couple days and return weeks, maybe months later and do the whole thing over again. J
Random things from today:
· At the movie theatre here, you get to pick your seat when you buy a ticket.
· When in the WC, and there is any question, always use the big button on the toilet.
· Leigh had a boneless chicken leg for supper. Who knew? How do they walk?
· Mountain Dew here tastes more like Kroger Dew Drop.
· Taxi driver per day = about $85. Riding the train = $1 per trip.
· The mall is ridiculously big and most young folks that work there let you struggle with communicating with them a little before they respond to you in perfect English.
· A whole catfish, skin and all, stares at you as you pass by. You can also buy a frozen chunk of cut fish. Bait is what I say.
· My wife bumps into someone tonight and responds in Polish with “Good morning!” She is great.
· The orphanage does not use baby wipes. Instead, you get in the sink and get hosed off and sponged down.
· My quote to Leigh, ”I thought we bought that chocolate candy for the kids and that candy bar for Freida.” She says, “We can buy more!”
· There is a precious girl and little brother sibling group in the orphanage. Who will rescue them? Who will show them the greatest example of God’s love and how will they learn and understand and a Father’s love and the family of God if they have no father and no family?
· We are here now. We are getting only one. Who will go next?