|this may look like an alley, but this is one of the many roads we walk down|
to get to the Children's Home to visit our boys
|we are told that this plaque explains that this park used to be the town's slave market|
|more remains from the slave market: bars still on the door of this creepy|
cell . . . ugh . . . gives me the shivers. The auction block is right across the path
|stray dogs fighting down the road we usually walk down . . . we decided|
to go a different way instead
|Lest you think all of the town is in quite so rough of shape, we also |
discovered another part of town. Here there were Soviet-era apartment
buildings in the "nicer" part of town. Many of the roads were paved here.
|This is the nicest house we saw in the entire village, and there|
were several houses on this block that were very neat and clean.
Then we got to the next block and it was more
crumbling bricks and mud.
|statue in the village square|
|another very nice home|
|more of the children's carnival|
|for a fee, children can drive a vehicle around the square|
|Sort of a trampoline/bungee jump type of attraction that my kids would LOVE!|
|The man would pull her down as far as he could before launching the little girl|
backup into the air. And the whole time, Derek was watching and saying,
"I could build something like that . . . "
By the way, if any of you are wondering about the fancy building behind that trampoline, I will tell you more about that in tomorrow's post. But first here is a video of the trampoline, because my kids asked for it! :)
Have you ever watched one of those cute European television programs filmed on location in a charming, rural village, populated by eccentric, unforgettable characters? Those are some of my favorite types of shows. And I feel like I am walking around on the set of one of those shows. Like perhaps we are this week's guest stars in a show that really has nothing to do with us. We are the strange Americans who wandered into town and everybody is glancing at us and then glancing away, wondering what would bring such unusual foreigners to a place so off the beaten path.
So you may be wondering what sort of a place we may be staying in, after seeing the condition of the rest of the town. More on that tomorrow! Until then, Merry Orthodox Christmas from Rachelle and Derek!