Thursday, June 17, 2010
Day 14 Part 1: Sightseeing & Friendship
After a fun morning at the apartment we headed out for some sightseeing. Oh, and check out those Spidey Speedos on Heath! You know how Europeans love their Speedos so we couldn't resist buying him some here. After all the fun at home, we headed out to St. Sava Orthodox Church today. It is a beautiful, massive church that you can see from practically anywhere in the city. Those living in Belgrade are really proud of their church and it shows in the beauty of not only the church but the surrounding areas. St Sava is the largest Orthodox church in Eastern Europe so needless to say, it was pretty impressive. They are redoing the inside but it is still pretty spectacular. We bought Sasha a little mini St. Sava to have at home and when Heath saw it, he said that he really wanted one for his room as well. So we gave him 200 dinar and told him to go buy one from the gentleman that was selling one. He was so excited and he came running over with it saying, "I have my own St. Sava!". Very, very cute! Let's hope they survive the trip back to Omaha and that they do not break in our bags.
After St. Sava, we headed over to a nearby park so the kids could play a little and have a snack. Sasha just loves being in the stroller, if it is moving of course (stopping=crying). He is enjoying the sites of ever day life so much and it is really fun to see. He is such a sweetheart and really starting to come out of his shell. More laughs, more smiles, more babbling... we are just so thrilled. But back to the park, I have to say that Belgrade has some wonderful parks. They are everywhere for one but they are also very unique, each one has something different. The pics from this one show that cool wood wave feature the kids could run up and down on... very fun.
After the park, we had a quick lunch and then headed home. We had to get some naps in because we were going over to a family's home for a play date. The Richardson family are from Nashville but have been here for about a year while the dad does some work with the US Embassy. They have been such a blessing to us while we have been here and we hope to see them again when we are in the states. It was so wonderful to be able to go over to their house yesterday and let the kids play and have the chance to chat. It was a really nice afternoon.
We then raced home because Ami and I were meeting Jasmina for dinner. Jasmina, Jeremy and Ami went to a traditional Serbian folk dancing concert the night before (which they all loved and were quite impressed with) while I stayed back and put the kids to bed. So tonight, I had the chance to go out to a lovely dinner with Ami and Jasmina while Jeremy stayed back to put the kids to bed. Jeremy and I really wanted to take Jasmina and Ami out to a nice dinner to thank them both for all they have done for us during this adoption process. We ended up choosing a wonderful restaurant that was right on the water, literally we were floating on the water, that had a magnificent view of the Kalemegdan Fortress in the background. The restaurant sits right where the Sava and Danube rivers meet and the food was absolutely delicious. A very nice treat to have before we leave. We had such a lovely evening together (minus the 20 plus mosquito bites I sustained on my legs) and it will be so hard to say goodbye to Jasmina. She is such a wonderfully sweet women, who loves Sasha so much and who has done so much for the kids at the orphanage. We look forward to bringing Sasha back to Belgrade to see her one day because we always want her to be a part of his life.
After our 4 hour dinner (ahhh, so nice) we headed home to a family fast asleep and the knowledge of knowing just how blessed we are.