After the embassy, we had intended to go to Red Square and take some pictures. Well... not sure what you are hearing back in the states, but Sunday's election has caused quite a mess here. Lots of protests! Putin and his party won with about 50% of the vote, but people believe the results were rigged - thus the protests in all public squares. One family I met at the embassy was barred from leaving their hotel yesterday because of the riots. Thankfully, on New/Old Arbat, where I am staying, there are no major public squares right nearby so no protests and no police. All that being said - we didn't go to Red Square today. SHOOT! Instead, we quickly jumped out of the car, near Red Square and took a picture (with a sleeping Audrey and snow starting to fall) on the sidewalk in front of St. Basil's. Tanya should stick to being a translator, not a photographer. Not the best pictures but a great memory nonetheless! All the quirks of the adoption journey are a small part of what makes it so special.
Then we were off to the office to get some paperwork Tanya needs for tomorrow to register Audrey at the Russian consulate. She will be a citizen of Russia (and now the USA) until she is 18 (unless she decides to renounce it) so they want all Russian citizens, living abroad to be registered. Finally, it was time to say goodbye to Irina and Svetlana. Being the human water faucet that I am, of course I cried. Saying goodbye to women who helped find your child, knowing you will most likely never see them or probably even speak to them again, is difficult. They have played such a pivotal role in giving me one of life's greatest treasures and I have no way to repay them. These beautiful, caring, smart, brave, pioneering Russian women are forever a part of my life story and a piece of my heart will always be with them. There are just no words for it.
Now, we are back at the apartment. Audrey is settling down for her afternoon nap before we Skype with family back home. Later, we will probably venture down to Old Arbat for dinner. Maybe Hard Rock Cafe. We will see.
Hope all is well back home. Thanks for following along. Enjoy the few pictures from today.
|Snow falling, Audrey Sleeping, |
in front of St Basil's on the side of the road. Ha!
|A shot (sort of) of Red Square|
|The KGB Building|
|My Russian Friends - From left to right: |
Irina holding Audrey, Ludmilla, Tanya and Svetlana