We started walking on the east end of the street and ended on the west end where Hard Rock Cafe is located. Our dinner there consisted of 2 sandwiches and 2 sodas, and came to $45!! Right now Moscow is the most expensive city in the world due to high inflation and a weak dollar.
After returning to our apartment, we got ready for our first visit with Irina. We were very nervous because her referral picture was a little blurry, so we had a hard time looking for signs of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is very prevalent in Russia. One doctor we asked said she looked good, and another one said that she saw some classic signs of FAS and would already place her as a high risk adoption. We had already committed to the trip when we received this news, so we just put our trust in God that all would work out according to His plan. The problem was, for instance, you couldn't see a philtrum (the vertical crease between the nose and upper lip) at all in the picture. This is a classic sign of FAS, but was it really not there or could we just not see it because the picture was blurry? We made our list of questions for the doctor and the orphanage director, said some prayers, and went to bed (complete with eye masks and ear plugs).