Here is the text of a message I sent on 10/12/2001 to family and friends:
And a Journal of our daily activities:
Depart Mpls for Amsterdam
Transfer at Amsterdam to Kiev
Arrive at Mamma's apartment and stay up late giving out gifts to family
Fix winshield wiper switch on Volga, learn to drive it
Drive 1.5 hours to Zhetomyr to OVIR office only to find out didn't need to.
Shopping in Zhetomyr market & stores: bought little parachutist
Shashlik at restaurant for lunch
See Mamma's dachas
Buy new refridgerators for Mamma and Tanya, new stove vent hood for mamma
Dacha: take old fridge
water rocket with nephew Sasha
Uncle Sasha's family came
Grandma Olya's grave w/Sasha
New tape player/radio in Volga
Martinis with dinner
Uncle Sasha to train station
Internet Club w/Galina
Car: new tire, lube spedometer, take to garage
Tanya's: fix toilet, route tv cable
Tour Victor's factory
New Kitchen furniture
Lunch at Leona's
Register for internet connection
Aunt Vera's farm house
Internet w/Galina and cust support Ivan
Sasha/Bogdan's apt to help with Sound Card on their PC, laser printer
Shopping w/Luda for books, wine
broke wine bottle, spilled on books in bag
mushroom hunting in woods near dacha
dacha: picked strawberries, grapes, raspberries, beans
Tanya's apt to use internet. alone.
Bogdahn's: try to copy files for soundblaster driver
clean and rearrange Mamma's kitchen
Shopping, pick up photos, exchange $100
Internet at Tanya's, talk with Galina
Sat: Travel to Khilmeski city to visit uncle Sasha and see theater where he is general producer
Back to Novograd Volynski
Made American style pizza. Very good.
Drive to Zhetomyr and see Korolev's home and museum. Photographed GIRD-9 rocket that used a hybrid motor of liquid oxygen and solid petroleum (asphalt?).
Uncle Sasha's family came to visit and be here for Valik's wedding
Cousin Valik wedding. Great dinner party afterwards.
Pack for return trip.
Harrowing drive to Kiev. Had to stop and readjust a worn clutch.
Stayed overnight with Mama's cousin's son's family in Borisipol.
Got up at 3:30am to have breakfast and drive to the airport.
Since we weren't able to reach KLM/Ukraine Air earlier, our flight reservations were never confirmed and we ended up being on standby until 15min before departure! But we made it.
We're home! Good flights. Mom and Halyna met us at the airport unexpectedly and we are home safe and sound now and unpacking.
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