I woke up at 11 a.m. and went outside to pee. Because, while the Rudenkos used to have a palace of a bathroom, it is currently under construction. They had the most glorious shower with hot water that came from the ceiling (instead of from a questionable shower head that comes away from the wall and sits at an angle and doesn’t fall straight – I have found many difficult showers in Ukraine) and a beautiful and clean toilet. Now the room is a barren husk with stone floors and tools everywhere because Vova is fixing it up and changing the tile… and has been doing this for two months because he also is a contractor around town. So the toilet is an outhouse out back, except it's just a hole to squat over. And the shower is some kind of contraption where water is poured through a canister on top, and can be released from a spigot into a little outhouse-type room, next to the toilet area. I have seen these kinds of things elsewhere in the country, but loved coming to their house because the bathroom was just so NICE.
We had shashliki for lunch/dinner (shish kabobs). It drizzled all day so they cooked the chicken over a fire under a tree and we ate inside. Then it stopped raining and we roasted marshmallows and made s'mores. This is an American treat I have brought to Ukraine because they don't have large marshmallows like we do, and certainly never though of COOKING them over a FIRE. While Oksana, Slava and I finished making the s'mores, Oksana called the Nyzhin travel agency because she had been told to call today after 5 p.m. to find out if she has a visa. And she does. Her visa was approved! We’re going on the tour! Oh happy day. She spent the evening packing and examining her dad’s travel backpacks for the trip.