A relaxing day, but…

Today I decided to take some time for myself. I was scheduled to drive to Cherkassy but it was rescheduled for later in the month, so I had the day “off”.

There is a market in north Kiev that sells lots of books, videos, DVDs and CDs. Of course, most of the music and movies are illegal copies, but things are changing here. President Yushchenko wants Ukraine to be a part of the WTO (World Trade Organization) and the US and EU are putting pressure on Ukraine to tighten it’s boot-legging of music and movies.

I haven’t bought any movies in a long time and wanted to see certain movies. While I was still in Fort Worth, my neighbors, Chad and Traci saw “O Brother, Where art thou?” I had never saw the movie and saw it at the market today, so I bought it along with several other movies. I paid $8 for the Brother DVD which is expensive here in Ukraine.

AFter looking around the market for a while I finally headed downtown. I have not walked around Khreshatik street (main downtown street) too much since returning to Kiev and thought since it was nice day that I would walk around. On weekends, the street is closed to traffic and sometimes it can be almost a three-ring circus!

Every country has its problems with glue sniffers. Last year I began noticing a lot of young teenagers and children who sniff glue and I learned to see the signs. Well, today, while I was on the escalator going up from the metro I noticed a young adult acting somewhat strange.

As I watched her, I noticed she had a small bag in her hand and several times she brought the bag up to her nose. I was a little shocked at her brazenness. At one point she brought the glue out of a pocket and squeezed more into the bag. I couldn’t believe it.

I began praying for her and the other young lady she was with. I wanted to speak to her, but as we got off the escalator, she had an small altercation with another family and run off. SO, I prayed for her again.

Khreshatik street was almost a three ring circus. All of the major mobile phone companies here had small stages set up on the street and were enticing people with their shows. I watched for a few minutes and continued to walk toward my car.

I came home and of course watched, “O brother.” It was interesting but I can’t say that it was one of my favorites. One of the great things about buying movies here is that most of them are in Russian and English, so now I can watch it again in Russian.

I sure did like seeing Clooney and the others singing. Does any one know if they did their own singing?… just wondering…