We’re in Astrakhan

After a nerve–wracking trip to the airport and getting through the airport security we finally made it to our plane. We were told that our Rep, Galina, would be flying with us. We never saw her until we were already on the plane. She was one of the last passengers on the plane, she saw us and gestured to Bill. He figured it was Galina. Her se Continue reading We’re in Astrakhan

Check out time

We check out in an hour. We got a nice free breakfast this morning. We then went back to that grocery store and managed to pay the right amount for the right kind of water (not sparkling, which is hard to find). Security guard work is apparently a large part of the workforce here, because every single business establishment we’ve been to has had a Continue reading Check out time

Moscow

Well, we made it to Moscow!

After a long plane trip, we managed to get through passport control and customs with no problems. And all of our luggage made it!

Our CHI Rep and driver were late getting to the airport and we were worried, but they did eventually show up. We got our first taste of traffic, and let me go on record to say — I wi Continue reading Moscow

We’re in Moscow

We’ll be spending the night in Moscow, after all, and flying down to Astrakhan tomorrow afternoon.

I was stressed out without an internet or even a usable power connection. But I’m obviously connected now. I had the power converters, but not the three–prong–to–two–prong adapter that I have plenty of at home.

We ran i Continue reading We’re in Moscow

Travel day

We fly out today. It would’ve been nice to have gotten one last good night’s sleep, but the cat made sure that didn’t happen. Stupid cat. Anyone want one? Seriously. She’s very pretty; and sweet when she’s not keeping you from sleeping. I’ll miss the pugs while we’re gone, but if one of our pet sitters happens to “lose” the cat, it wouldn’t kill me Continue reading Travel day

Preparation

Tuesday morning. Everyone’s still asleep except for me, the pug Joey and the cat Sunny. I’m trying to reacquaint myself with the digital cameras, video and still. I would’ve put Joey’s and Sunny’s pictures here, but the camera is connected to Tara’s computer, which is off, and I don’t feel like waiting for it to come on. Very exciting! D’oh! Time t Continue reading Preparation