We were so tired and overly hungry, and emotionally taxed at our almost visit to see our little girl, but hurried as best as we could back to the car with the very patient driver who spoke no English. On the way to our apartment which is by the city square, we heard fireworks and then saw them, going off over the dome of a great building there.
Helen didn't know what they were for so contemplated that Kiev was saying "The Russells are here, The Russells are here" We all found this to be quite funny, we were so tired. It was beautiful and soothing and we pulled up to our apartment. After climbing 78 steps with our luggage (Gord took 2 trips), we quickly opened the deli food we had bought at the market and ate on auto pilot and dropped into beds. How grateful we are for our Ukrainian guide, translator, apartment finder, driver arranger and for the fireworks to welcome us to the Ukraine:)