We were able to spend a little time in Kiev (or Kyev) this week. We had to leave Kazakhstan to get a new 30 day visa. Being at the temple is a good way to spend some time. The temple grounds are beautiful and very well kept. We were able to meet a brother and his wife who is an attorney for the church in Moscow. He had been in Kazakhstan for our registration meetings. Small world in the church! He and his wife drove two days to be able to spend sometime in the temple.
There is a church right there and the housing for the missionary couples and patrons who come to the temple.
This is the Posad hotel where we stayed. It is about a 30 minute walk from the temple. Luckily the weather was nice to us. This is a view from our room. Lovely homes in this area.
We also were able to spend some time with some friends we had met at the MTC. We were invited to a birthday party for the Ukraine mission president's wife's birthday. We seem to be good at getting ourselves invited to parties! And this couple is from our home stake in Tucson! This is Elder and Sister Colbert. We never expected to cross paths with them since we are in different missions. They are serving as CES missionaries in Odessa, Ukraine.