Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 12th-Visiting Nadia and the Cossack Museum

Before we went to the Cossack Museum, we went to visit Nadia and we took her for a walk.  I got to push her in her stroller.

Before we went to see the Cossack Museum, we got McDonald's and I got to have a taste from home!

At the Cossack Museum, there was a very steep hill that I ran up. (P.S. It's a lot steeper than it looks!) Allen timed me the 2nd time I ran up.  It took me 44 seconds!

Me and My Dad finally made it to the top.  It was very hot, in fact, it was the hottest week in 80 years in Zaporozhye!!!

On our morning visit, we took Nadia for a walk.  When I took her out of the stroller, true to form, Nadia started grabbing my neck and laughing.

Ukrainian McDonald's is no different than in the U.S. and our 5 cheeseburgers, 2 large fries, and 4 drinks cost 84 Grivna which is equal to $10.63 in U.S. Dollars.

Though I can play the guitar pretty well, these many-stringed guitars look impossible to play. (One of the things I miss most about being here is not being able to play my guitar!)

While we were waiting for my Mom to come out of the Water Closet, this group of Ukrainian Girls came up to our missionary friend, Ken, and asked him (In Russian), if they could have their picture taken with us. They probably don't see Americans very often.  (Allen's Mom here--the real reason these girls wanted their picture taken with our family is because they thought our boys were so cute!  This Mom can recognize "that" giggle in any language!--Notice where Jim positioned the boys for the picture?)


  1. Wow, those Ukranian girls dress just like American girls--yikes! Great post, guys! Love the pictures and WOW Michael, that is a speedy time to make it up that steep hill! You may be a track star! Soon you'll be playing your guitar, Allen and won't that be something lovely for Nadia to listen to??? So happy you are having so much fun!

  2. Those are some great pics! And Michael- I know how happy you were to have Mcdonalds!! Dont worry allen, you'll be playing your guitar in no time!

  3. Yeah McDonalds and a taste of home!
    Wow! What a hill and a good workout! Love the photos and posts!
    The Allens
    ps-Watch out for European women.Not sure why...just watch out for them!!!!

  4. Franchises are pretty nice!

  5. Wasn't the museum interesting? Can you imagine living on that island and waiting for people to attack you? At least they had a few places to hide...and cannons ;).

    There was a lot of laughter over here at that picture with the girls. It is classic, especially Jim between the boys and all the girls and the expressions on everyone's faces.

    Glad you are enjoying your time in Zap, despite the heat!

    Looking forward to each post...

  6. What exactly is a Cossack? If you answer this question, maybe I can count it as my history lesson! Mrs. Frye

  7. A cossack is kind of like a Hun but they fought for the ukrainians when the emporess, instead of shunning them because they were considered barbarians, "hired" them to help ukraine.

  8. It looks like you guys are having such a great time. I love the pictures of both of you with your little sister!! Peyton and Riley are very envious of you both. Now they are hounding me to take them with us :)

  9. Hey Allen and Michael, Glad you're having a good time. How did the Ukrainian BBQ taste? John William

  10. Hi John William,

    The BBQ was really good--it was shishkabob pork. We also had a cucumber salad that was delicious.

  11. Great pictures! Wow, that girl on the far left is especially out. Good thing Dad was there to put a little distance in between :)

    I wish it would cool off for you guys.


  12. This is really fun interacting with you this way. Would you be able to stay longer?

    We do miss you - small group wasn't the same without the Fergusons. Come home soon.