We finally arrived at the hotel in Novgorod last night at about 8:30. It was so nice to be out of that car! We signed a couple papers so Natasha could go to the MoE this morning without us and we had dinner at a pub at the hotel. I tried Borsch for the first time which was actually pretty good. I love beets though which is the base so I wasn't surprised. Jim had a steak which was "ok" as he puts it. His favorite part of the meal was the apple strudel at the end. Then we went back to the room and relaxed for a couple hours before going to bed. Finally we both slept through the night! Yay!
After breakfast this morning, we shopped in the hotel gift shop and met again with Natasha to sign more papers. She has gotten permission for us to not have to return to Novgorod in person after meeting the boys to formally file the petition to adopt them. This means we will get to spend a little more time with them before we have to return to Moscow for my CT scan Friday morning.
As soon as she gets back here, we will leave for Borovichi which is where the orphanage is. That will be another 2-3 hour drive, but we are actually meeting the boys for the first time this afternoon, a day earlier than planned. Very exciting! I'll try to post more after, but I have no idea about cell coverage out there. Later...
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