Tuesday, August 21, 2007

1st day together

Vosya was groggy yesterday and 2 attempts to see him went unfullfilled. As a result, the entire day was spent travelling(by the way, is it normal not to crack windows or use air conditioning on a 3 hour bus ride when it's 90 outside?) with the exception of an interesting side trip to the mall.

Cindy has been looking forward to a stroller for some time now. She couldn't wait to go look so her and Kim went to the mall(into a Ukrainian "toys r us") and looked together(while I waited outside). Of course, when they came out Cindy let me know they put one aside for her(it went from just looking to this).

Cindy talked me into going back in later. Soon after showing me the stroller she decided it wasn't the one she wanted. No problem, we asked for help understanding the other models. Maxim the retail associate was a nice guy, but had clearly just landed his position. He spoke o.k. English so it was helpful. It was interesting to learn that he majored in chemistry and shared that it is no longer a desirable profession in the new Ukraine, so he is selling strollers until he figures things out.

Maxim had to ask for another's assistance(an impatient 20 something sassy girl) in explaining the features of each stroller. Keep in mind that the expectation in Ukraine is that the consumer asks few questions and knows what they want before coming in. Maxim's partner grew impatient quickly, so Cindy quickly agreed that the model we were presently looking at was the one she wanted. I, on the other hand, didn't want to purchase a stroller in Ukraine because I didn't want to lug it around since everything is so spacially challenged. We compromised that we'd buy and have them hold it for 2 weeks.

I went and paid and they immediately started wrapping it up and were going to store it for us for 2 weeks until we were ready to leave. That is when Cindy noticed a new model hitting the floor (in Ukraine it seems like they rarely have more than one so the model on the floor is a one of a kind). She asked that I tell them we'd like to consider exchanging. I said no way. Maxim noticed and he too became fearful of proposing this to the famale associate who just spent 10 minutes wrapping up the stroller good enough to weather the next chernobyl. His lip quivered a bit when he thought we would change our mind. Cindy pressed ahead and Maxim broke the news and the female stormed off the floor into the back. We could hear swearing and what sounded like crying.
She was smiling unusually big when she returned, no doubt after sharing some thought about Americans to her friends in back. Cindy mentioned that she rethought things and believed we made a fine purchase. Everyone was satisfied and we left. I will not return with cindy when she returns to exchance strollers with a different associate.

On the way home we stopped for beer and french fries at a nice pizza place. 5 dollars for all. I can't imagine prices in kiev remaining this low for much longer considering all the growth.

We were up this morning at 7:30 to get to the hospital at 9:00. We had some breakfast and Kim exhausted her daily quota of questions early today inquiring about the workings of a perculator. In typical Ukrainian fashion, we got to the hospital at 10. Vos was just finishing up some antibiotic treatments. He is looking good, but didn't say much before Nina left (the orphanage nurse who has been with him at the hospital for over 2 weeks straight!) I left for another hospital to pick up some test results. Cindy and Kim remained to feed Vosya some breakfast.

We are in the taxi on the way back. Nina and the cab driver are chatting away about nothing I can understand. Today is Kim's last day so I am sure we will spend most of it with Vos and then hit downtown for lunch and some sights. We will all leave for Cherkassy tommorow and drop Kim off at the airport on the way. I'll bet Vos and Nina are looking forward to leaving their hospital prison room.

Leana has gone home to Eastern Ukraine for a week and will join us late next week in Cherkassy when we finalize the Ukrainian portion of our adoption when the 10 day waiting period ends. From tommorow on it will be just us visiting Vosha in the orphanage each day.

-Z

Zenon's recollection of the stroller episode is completely blown out of porportion! He didn't mention that the salesmen basically tell YOU what is best without listening to what you really need. I said I wanted brakes, lounging capabilities, and the Quinny. What did they show us? The most expensive one in the store.

The End

1 comment:

Marla said...

Sorry, Zen. Gotta side with Cyndi on this one :-)