Saturday, January 23, 2010

We're here!

We are here! We had some major issues finding our gate at O’Hare. Four people sent us to four different places, and thankfully the last knew what she was doing and we JUST made our flight. We were sweating head to toe from running all over the place, back and forth, with all our things in tow.
The flight here was VERY long... and we tried to sleep - but didn’t get much. I haven’t gotten more than 8-10 hours of sleep since I woke up Thursday. I’m actually feeling a little wobbly and strange as I write this... a sure sign that I need to get to bed. If you plan to travel to Serbia or across seas... pay for the extra leg room! I don't know what the extra would be, but I'm sure it'd be worth it!
We were really thankful to get off of the very crowded long flight to Germany, and get on our last plane ride to Belgrade. Luckily it wasn't all that long, and the flight attendants were really nice.

One thing that was really cool is that we got to fly over the Alps. They were so beautiful!
When we got here, our facilitator picked us up from the airport, and drove us to our apartment. She helped to get us set up here, and then took off until tomorrow.

Our apartment ‘guy’ Ivan (Igor) was very nice and helpful and showed us to the money exchange place and to the market to buy some food.
We got some fresh bread, baby gouda cheese, pasta, and sauce, and some jam for the leftover bread all for about $20USD. It fed us dinner today, and hopefully will feed us through tomorrow too.
It’s an adventure so far! We’ve never traveled before so it’s a little bit nerve wrecking - but it’s still fun.
Drivers here are CRAZY! and I wouldn't be surprised if I don't get hit by one while walking while I'm here. lol
The apartment we're in is BEAUTIFUL! It's really nice - but I'm surprised at how run down the surrounding buildings are... kind of sad really.
And the power keeps going out... : /
I wish I had an idea of what every was saying. It's quite strange to sit in a room full of people who are all yapping away about you - and you have NO idea what they're talking about. Hopefully not bad things!
I also wish that I had a better bearing on the dinar/euro/dollar conversion - I know what they are - but it's really hard to make decisions on the fly when you're trying to stick to a budget in a crowded market - especially when you're not even positive what you're buying! LOL.
I've already had to ask about 5 people if they spoke English to get help. haha. You'll have better luck with the nice looking young women than anyone else for that.

It was great being able to talk to the kids tonight on Skype. I miss them already!
Karl couldn’t take it anymore, and is crashed on the couch.
I still have to unpack us, double check through our money situation, and put clothes out for tomorrow after I clean up after dinner’s mess.

I’m having a cup of tea, and after all that, it's hopefully a warm shower, and I will be OUT! I am SO tired!
I can’t wait to meet Olive on Monday!


saving said...

I'm so glad you guys made it there and that everything is going well so far! I look forward to following your adventure. I can't believe you get to meet Olive in just about 1 day! That is so exciting! If you see Sean, can you just tell him we love him and hopefully we'll be there soon! Thanks and can't wait to hear about your first day with Olive!

And patiently waiting... said...

I am so excited for you..try to find a currency calculator online. Then at least you have a rough idea on what you are spending..just a thought. Sleep well..relax..and you will get used to the crazy drivers!! :) And then comes Olive!! So worth everything!! Blessings!


Enjoy your wonderful journey!!
Can't wait to see Olive in your arms..
Try to get some rest.

Nan and Dan said...

so happy you have arrived! Before you know it you will finally get to meet ms olive!!
can not wait to hear about it!
take care,
adopting Svetlana