|The second year girls with me and their new Canada Mitts|
So we switched Thursday and Friday around for classes and left for the farm show in our van shortly after the alarm went off at three am, picking Max Rudei up as we left the village. That's right, no students, just our farm manager, so he and Garry could hunt down the stuff they were interested in without wondering where the students had gotten to (that trip will be for the show in February).
We didn't hit too many potholes driving in the dark and got to Kremachuk and went through the Mc Donalds drive-thru around 5:30 am. We could only get plain sausage (my favorite- I had one) or Fresh McMuffins. No eggs until 6 am when the lobby opens we were told, so Garry ordered three of those with chicken instead of sausage (he only ate so Max had the extra) - they have lettuce tomato cheese and lots of mayo for a real Ukrainian style treat. They had coffee and then Garry was driving again, although he had Max take over shortly before daylight. The drive went pretty well, in spite of the rain that started falling; only twice we heard a bang and felt the bump from a bad hole but we had no flat tires. We got into the outskirts of Kiev around 8:30 and parked the car near Mc Donalds and the Metro (subway) stop so we could miss some of the traffic.
We got on the subway in the correct direction, decided we needed to switch from the green to the blue line at the Golden Gate stop and counted stops before we crossed the river so we'd know where we had gotten on so we could find the car again! The subway goes over a bridge over the Dniper River so you see daylight then, car traffic is often backed up there, but the subway flies along.
|Trying to find the field for irrigation on google earth|
We had quite the time getting home, rain that was mixing with snow, there were big puddles everywhere on the road; making hard to see the holes in the darkness that fell by the time we were driving more than an hour it seemed... and then a flat tire.
While they were out fixing the tire, right on the road because it went flat on the causeway just before a bridge, they turned the motor off and the car wouldn't start. They had to inflate the tire and drive to find a better place to change it (turned out it had a nail in), after it rolled off the jack while they were trying to change it. Luckily Garry and I did not have to push the car far in the cold rain before it turned over for Max. Then while they changed the tire in a cafe parking lot, the engine started making a funny noise, it was a problem with the bearing on the pulley for the AC compressor I was told, the guys managed to bang the thing that caused the problem out from the spot that was making it rub on it. Garry said it was a good thing he put some tools in the car and I had my little flashlight in my purse.
The guys were getting wet and cold, so they pumped up the heat and it was slow driving with the rain but soon we were back to Kremachuk and going through the drive-thru again, they had hamburgers and I had a chocolate pudding orange flavored McPirogue (pie), they are seasonal and unbelievably tasty, if you can believe it. They fry the pies here, so its like when we were kids.. Unfortunately, we had more car trouble in the rain, about 20 minutes later the car engine died and the lights went black. Max pulled all the way off the road, and I hunted in my purse for the flashlight so they could try to get it going again. Turned out the ground cable had snapped on the battery. They pounded on the wire to get the plastic off, after Garry asked if I had a knife in my purse; I said maybe a plastic one from Mc Donalds and they actually used it to finish stripping the wire, they used the tools to remove a bolt and then re-bolt the wire to the frame. We were relieved when the car started up again. The guys were really wet and cold by the time they finished and and they really turned up the heat to warm up and dry out. Garry said every car that went past was hitting a pothole right were we had stopped and it had water in it.
We were even more relieved to make it home around ten pm. Max said he'd take the car in to get fixed in the morning and pick up Masha to translate for the morning classes (they took both vans, Artome brought her to the village. We had to drive the Mercedes when we left at three pm, Max was still in Zaporosia.
Max Rudei, his wife Yulia and their little girl Vika went with us, and we had a fun time, I even snuck a couple of photos (they announce you can't but who understands Russian... Ukrainian... it's my story, and no, the usher ladies didn't catch me, so I didn't have it use it. We had some cotton candy, which Vika didn't trust, she didn't want to ride a camel or anything during intermission either.
|The Kenya Boys- limo with fire|
|Blues brothers? trampoline act|
|intermission when you can pay for your kid to ride a camel or pony|
(Vika did pet a camel, but that was it)
|or pay to get pictures with the monkey or clown|
|trapeze act, good thing they had safety wires they missed once|
|Lazer and bubble finale|