Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Our Odessa Trip

OdessaWe’re back!! Our trip to Odessa is history and I must tell you that it’s nice to be home. )

FamilyWe’ve met with my family – my mom, my sister Ludmila and my cute little niece Viktoria. I was really happy to see them all. It seemed almost as if there were no years of separation, as if we just still live somewhere near each other.

Vika and AlenaVika looks very much like her father. She’s got so much energy – if I had even a half of it, I would become …. hmmm…. well, anybody I can think of. ) She is very sweet and loves to be included into everything.

LudaMy sister looks just as I remember and even though she complains about a new wrinkle, she really should not worry about that stuff yet.

My mom said she feels more comfortable with me being away now after I introduced Danya to them. She told us that she sees how we care for each other and that she is very happy for us.

We arrived to Odessa on Saturday, and on Sunday Danya got very sick. We’re still not sure what happened exactly, but most probably it was some kind of food poisoning. He wasn’t able to eat for 2 days and we even went to the local polyclinic to see a doctor. She prescribed him some drugs and they seemed to help. The doctor in Brooklyn (Danya visited him yesterday) said that her diagnose was wrong and that the prescribed medicine had little or no effect on Danya’s recovery. Anyway, good thing that it’s over now, because all of us were really worried about him back in Odessa.

In Odessa we also met Artem, his wife Darya and their parents. All of them are very nice people and we had a good time during a dinner, which Artem’s father arranged for us. Artem was hired by [Company Name] and flew to New York with us. He lives at his aunt’s house for the time being.

We lived in the “Black sea” hotel, which was Ok, but a bit overprised IMO. It cost us 107$ per night and for Odessa it’s a pretty considerable amount of money. My family rented a private 1-bedroom apartment for approximately a third of this price.

Daniel and Geoff Drinking GorilkaGeoff seemed to had a very good time too. He liked the city, the hospitality of the people, and I have a feeling that overall he really enjoyed the trip.

Alena's FamilyIt was hard for me to say goodbye to my family. I wish they lived somewhere close, so we can visit each other and enjoy each other’s company. I don’t know when or where we’ll met the next time, but it would be great if my sister could visit us here.
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