Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day 7, October 11, 2009

Today we went into downtown Vladivostok with the Scrudato's and Duda’s. The Duda’s asked their driver Sergei if he would take us for some sightseeing, souvenirs, and lunch today and luckily he was more than willing to take us. First he drove us to a point high on a hill above the port of Vladivostok. We took many postcard quality pictures of the city from this vantage point. The weather was perfect today, and it was really beautiful to see the mountains next to the ocean beyond the port. We took some pictures of some Russian naval ships too. It’s strange to think that just 20 years ago, a group of Americans taking pictures of Russian Navy ships in Vladivostok was called Espionage. Now it was just a nice outing among new friends. We also did some sightseeing in a town square near the water where the Scrudato's little girl Anastasia was able to take her first pony ride.

Once we finished with the sightseeing we went to a nice little souvenir shop where we did the tourist thing. After that we went and had lunch at a cafeteria style restaurant which had really good food. Michelle and I didn’t branch too far off of the beaten path though as we just had rice and chicken and vegetables which were similar to things at Oriental restaurants back home. They had plenty of traditional Russian fishes and meats at this place, but I guess we weren’t in a daring mood today. They had excellent desserts though!

On the way home we stopped at a kids clothing store where we bought a hat and some pants for our little guy (actually the Duda’s chipped in the pants as Michelle and I weren’t patient enough to find them in the store on our own). We want to make sure we have him properly dressed for when we leave the baby home next week. “Properly dressed” in Russia means “about 13 layers of clothing no matter how warm it is”, so we need to do what the Russians do (at least while they can still yell at us).

That’s about it for today. We are resting in the room tonight so we have some energy to play with the little guy all week. We know you are all looking forward to seeing some pictures, but we need to stick to the rules we agreed to and wait until Gotcha Day (Oct 20th) before we publish any pictures. Believe us, it will be worth the wait, we have some good ones of the little man!


  1. Hi Lisa & Glenn!! What a happy group....I'm soooooooo over the moon for you all! Man, I wish I was there. The weather looks beautiful....I'm afraid everything with be covered in white when I'm there next.

    Enjoy and keep the updates coming. They are so fun to read.

  2. Hey guys it was a pleasure seeing Vladivostok with you! Wish I could hang around to meet your little guy...I know we will stay in touch and perhaps a visit out east will be in our future. Thanks again for the great times in Vlad and have a great week and Gotcha Day!


  3. Looking forward to seeing all the photos