Monday, November 29, 2010

The Arrival...

On terra firma in Moscow!  But I seem to be missing something....ah yes...my husband!  I arrived...Steve did not.  
Here’s the scenario:  We’re at the Atlanta airport on Saturday checking in with Delta and I just happened to open our freshly delivered visas/passports (they arrived first thing Saturday morning for our afternoon flight).  While I was comparing our approved entry and exit dates, (side note:  Russia is very specific about which day you can enter and exit the country, wrong date = no entry), I notice my entry date was 11/28, Steve’s was 11/29.  There was no way he was going to get into the country yesterday.
So...Steve flew to Kiev, Ukraine, (he was going to fly there this morning for a meeting any way) and I went solo to Moscow.  I hope to meet up with him around 2 a.m. when he arrives at the hotel.  What would travel be without a little drama?
I flew with a total of 6 huge bags!!! Delta cast pity on us and allowed me to take a few of Steve’s due to our drama.  I must have looked ridiculous at baggage claim as I somehow, single-handedly, hoisted all 6 bags on top of each other on a baggage  cart “leaning tower of Pisa style”.  A Russian porter did offer to help...for $40 US dollars!  I thought he said $14 and when I confirmed, I dug deep and found my inner Helga and hoisted those puppies one on top of another.  I knew there was no other choice as I needed to get through customs and security.  Unbelievable.
I stopped by the apartment which is truly fantastic.  This is the photo I took of the Kremlin this morning from our living room window...

and while it was a beautiful sunshiney day, this is the photo I took outside our kitchen window...and yes, that is snow on the ground, (whimper)...

I also just noticed my computer has turned Russian.  My Google headings and side bar items  are now all in Russian.  Well, thank goodness I know Russian...oh wait...

4 comments:

  1. Annnnnnn (Helga)!! We miss you already!! That temperature is scary. **eeeeeks** You need to post a picture in one of those fancy, furry hats!

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  2. Ann,

    I *think* you should be able to go to http://www.google.com/intl/en/ for the English version of the Google web page.

    You should also be able to set your preferences at http://www.google.com/preferences?hl=en

    Hope that helps!

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  3. Ann, I think things will get better at airports and taxicabs once you learn a little Russian. One phrase that we may have to get from Rosetta Stone really quick is, "$40 bucks? How about $10 bucks and a box of Tic-Tacs for your Vodka breath?"

    And another good phrase would be, "I know karate!" and then start flipping out with some wicked air chops and spinning back kicks against a light post as demonstration. Throw in a summersault that rolls right into a fighting stance and they will know that you mean business.

    I always did those at the start of local 5k races so people didn't crowd me at the start line.

    Paul Kindzia

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  4. Wow! What an adventure! So glad you are there safely!

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