But first, a visit from the doctor, who we paid some extra American cash to come to our apartment rather than taking Polina to the clinic. She was recovering from Chicken Pox and this was just the best way for everyone. He was very kind, took a quick look at her, told us not to bathe her for two more days, and was on his way.
We decided we would take her to My-My Cafe on Starry Arbat. It was within walking distance and it was our favorite Russian food we had had. It is also buffet style, so she could pick out what she wanted.
We didn't do a very good job of getting the cow in the picture, but at least we have the My-My logo in the background. (It's pronounced Moo-Moo)
The walk was nice, but now we had to figure out what to do with the stroller. The wheels were muddy from the walk and we couldn't just leave it outside for fear it would be stolen. Luckily, we found a table right inside the door and were able to fold it up and lay it on the entrance mat where it was out of the way and not causing a muddy mess. That was a blessing!
|Cabbage & Meatball Soup? Yes Please!|
|I'm not sure what you call this - it looks like a chicken leg, but it's the skin stuffed with stuff.|
I've talked a lot in my blog about how Moscow isn't accessible to those with handicapping conditions requiring ambulatory assistance. We didn't take a wheelchair with us for that reason and bought a very expensive stroller partly because of that reason. The wheels on this stroller pop off very easily so that we were able to get it in and out of the very slim doors in the Moscow buildings. It also has rugged wheels that allowed us to maneuver through the bumpy sidewalks and potholes. Our agency facilitators told us repeatedly what an amazing "machine" it was and it made me feel better about the purchase.
The next two pictures are of us using the stroller tracks on the stairways to go underground and cross streets in Moscow. There are some intersections that require you to go underground. There were tracks for the strollers, but no access for a wheelchair.
I'm really glad we decided to take the trip out to My-My. Polina still talks about it. Going to a cafe is on her top 5 list of favorite things. That being said, it was a difficult trip for a short walk and we didn't really look forward to the challenge again. The only other time we ventured out was to Red Square - and even then, we used a driver instead of walking there.