Monday, September 24, 2007
Yesterday after church Tom, Chuck, Vicky and I had the opportunity to go over to see Lena and Alexei’s new apartment. It is about 3 kilometers from the mall that we shop at called Krasnaya Ploshad.
Serene, quiet, fresh air, few neighbors… it is a great location to begin a new region. There is still construction taking place all around their building, they are the first ones to move in. Single family homes and two apartments buildings should bring over 200 new people to the neighborhood when construction is complete.
Alexei and Lena have one large room with a balcony that extends the full length of the apartment. You can walk down the hall to the bathroom and turn the corner and you are now in the kitchen, where a walk to the other end of the balcony would take you back into the large front room.
The walls and floors are still cement, there is no running water yet and most of their belongings are still in boxes. In spite of all that, Lena had cold drinks for us all following the 15 minute walk to their place after getting off a hot, bumpy marshutka ride. She followed the cold water with tea and cake. I helped her with the dishes and getting things set up for tea and while we were doing that she apologized for not having a sink… I reminded her that she helped me wash the dishes at my apartment in the bathtub after we moved into our place; we did that for two months before her brother installed my kitchen sink!
We are very excited for Lena and Alexei and we believe that they made the best choice of location for their first purchase, as our city begins to develop, the area they have chosen is slated to become the center of town.