After a gentle rain overnight we awoke to a beautiful sunny day in Simferopol. The Lord has blessed us with beautiful weather beyond belief. It is in the mid-40º’s each day and very comfortable with no trace of snow or ice.
These are quiet, slow days after very busy first days. We are enjoying the time to rest and explore the city. We have felt such a push to be here for so many months that there is incredible peace in finally being where the Lord would have us be. We are at a sticky spot in the adoption process due to separation issues but in the midst of that there is a prevailing peace that God is in control and working behind the curtain. We knew that this was going to be patience building so came determined to make the most of each day regardless of the circumstances. We are living comfortably and rather inexpensively so we are doing well. We wait upon the Lord to reveal His will in His time.
Some folks have asked about food so with little to report otherwise it is a good time to share what we’ve found. Others of you who have walked ahead of us, please leave comments, we’d love to hear your findings and favorites!!
On Monday, our first day in Kiev, our facilitator introduced us to a huge Cafeteria with a buffet. It was fabulous!! She handled all the questions, ordering, etc. on that visit so we got acquainted with the food selection and how it worked. It is a beautiful restaurant with an endless selection of food and point and smile is all that is required to order. Perfect!! We ate there alone the following evening and with new friends on Wednesday, the last night. The food is fabulous!!
We were amazed at the many and various ways they prepare boneless chicken breast fillets. Everyone we tried was delicious! They offer a combination of steamed vegetables or vegetables in white rice along with many soups, and other side dishes. The last night we broke down and tried a dessert ~ the name escapes me ~ but with a filling of ricotta type cheese, it was delicious as well. The prices were exceptionally reasonable with both of us eating for $10-$12 per meal.
Ukrainians seemed to enjoy this restaurant as much as we did as it was always packed even in the late afternoon. And with good reason; great prices, a fabulous selection and delicious food!! We look forward to our return to Kiev and will definitely request that our lodging be within walking distance of this restaurant.
Last night our facilitator in Simferopol showed us two restaurants here in the center of the city that offer a smaller but very similar buffet of traditional Ukrainian foods. We hope to try them in the coming days so that report coming soon.
We have enjoyed a real oatmeal (in the green box) made with equal parts water and milk and a pinch of salt along with a muffin or special bread for breakfast. We’ve kept fruit, readily available and excellent quality, stocked for snacks, and done various things in the apartment for lunch. Eggs are sold individually, fill a bag just like produce, or in packages of 10 (not 12 as is custom in America) and the brown ones we’ve gotten are definitely fresh from a farm. With real ham and the best cheese we’ve ever tasted, omelettes are a regular staple for dinner on nights we’ve eaten at home.
Last night we were delighted to locate a rotisserie chicken and with mixed vegetables just like we buy at home, but better quality, and mashed potatoes we had an easy meal. The chicken was only $3.00 so that made an economical delicious meal we often enjoy at home.
The market we shop most often in Simferopol is the large 24 hour market in the center of town, about a 15 minute walk from our apartment. They have the most amazing selection of baked goods in open bins. Disposable gloves hang at each bin along with bags labeled for each item. It is a good exercise in studying the Cyrillic alphabet to compare the label on the bag to the one above the item to be sure we have it all matched up. We have learned how much we take for granted the blessing of the ability to read!! The variety of breads, muffins, small pizzas, etc. is incredible in this market and all we have tried have been excellent.
We thank you for your kind comments and prayers. This is a journey of faith ~ learning to rely on the Lord every minute. What an awesome place to be. It brings the song we sing with children, He has the Whole World in His Hands to life in a very real way as well as the incredible effectiveness of God confusing the languages of the people in the story of The Tower of Babel. We are experiencing both in living color and so thankful to be here, right in the Center of God’s will for our lives at this moment.