Dropping off Shad really upset me, then I had to drive to the airport. I usually HATE to drive into the airport but I felt like my whole life was going to be totally out of my control for the next months or so so I wanted to be the one in control of the car. It's so out of my character to want to drive through traffic, we just laugh about it now. We flew out of Tampa to Charlotte NC and from there straight to Munich Germany. We were so packed. Our facilitator (who became a great friend) suggested some gifts for the director of the institution. He thought he'd like a Map of the US. So I carried a big map through three airports and two train stations LOL We also took suitcases of clothes and other things to leave for the institution and a wheelchair. Coming home was easier :)
I HATE to fly, but once I'm on the plane, I'm fine. We had a smooth trip until we were over Ireland and those little elves shook up the plane. The food was AWFUL- we flew on the German airline and they served German food...'Nuff said'.... We had a few hours layover in Munich and the guys were wanting to sleep... My mantra was "STAY AWAKE or you will have jet lag"! We also experienced the economy of Germany...$16 for a small bowl of awful soup!
Then we flew to Kiev, Oh happy day! One thing I loved on the flight to Kiev, as soon as we taxied off, EVERYONE in the plane did the sign of the cross. Steve and I looked at each other and did the same! We thought they might know something we didn't know LOL
We got to the airport around 4pm on Saturday and met up with a few other families. We waited for our drivers to take us to our various apartments. In Ukraine no one I knew stayed in hotels, they stayed in apartments. We were lucky and stayed in a ministry's apartment (supported CBN) for the first few days. It was in the OLD section of town and OLD really means OLD in Ukraine, the buildings there were hundreds of years old and some of the streets were 1,000 years old.