Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today was Valentine's Day.  Unfortunately we were unable to go visit the kids because of something that was taking place at the orphanage (an inspection of sorts).  Fortunately we learned that this would be the case yesterday morning so during our lunch break we ran and took care of getting Valentine's Day gifts for our kids and celebrated with them during our afternoon visit.

Because we didn't have any visits at the orphanage today, we had an entire day to spend together, just the two of us.  We decided to take advantage of our free day as real tourists.  We walked around taking pictures of everything we've discovered while we've been living here:

The entrance into our apartment complex.
Our apartment bedroom.
Our apartment kitchen.
Our apartment bathroom.
Our apartment entry and hallway.
Our apartment living room / James' office while living here.
This is Albina's favorite store.  She informed us that it's like Wal-Mart in America (it's not, but it is the closest thing we found.)
This is the college that Albina attended.

This is a Sharma stand.  They are all over the place.  A sharma is yummy, but very greasy and fattening. 
This is the entrance to the underground crosswalk.  There are also shops inside.
This is the mall.
This is McDonalds.  We didn't eat here even once.  Albina has never eaten here either (she HATES McDonalds).
This is the Drama Theater in the city center.  We wanted to watch a show here, but the only things playing this month were comedians.  We figured that not understanding a Russian speaking comedian would be a bit of a disadvantage.
This is Albina's favorite Cafe.  They have French pastries.  It was yummy and cheap!
A very large church that's currently under construction.
Lviv Chocolate Shop.  So delicious (and beautiful displays  inside)!
Les Mis with Russian voiceovers anyone?  We decided to pass.
So many options at the cinema!
We ended our day eating our Valentine's Dinner at one of our favorite cafe's in the area.  What's a holiday without carbs?:

This was about the most American looking restaurant in the city.
This cafe has really great quiche, meat/cheese filled pastries and desserts.  Yum!

All in all it was a lovely day!
Hope you enjoyed celebrating with those you love.

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