Sunday, February 7, 2010

We're here!!

Hello from freezing cold Moscow!!  The flights were fairly uneventful although the three hour layover in Rome was painful.  We were so ready to be here, and the waiting was awful.  Apparently we landed with a very large flight from somewhere in Asia, so passport control was a nightmare.  We were there for between 45 minutes to an hour.  There were only two lanes open for non-citizens, and three for Russian Nationals that were standing wide open.  An official came by and yelled something in Russian, which led to a minor stampede to the Citizens only lines.  Being good sheep we herded over with them, and lo and behold they put us through!  Hallelujah!  Cause baby I was starting to smell!!

We found our guide Violet waiting for us and she took us outside in the somewhat bracing night time air to wait for the driver.  Moscow traffic was typical... slow and painful, but we made it to the apartment safely.  The view from the apartment is just amazing, we can see two of the Stalin's Seven Sisters, and oh my gosh are they beautiful at night.  There's a building across the street that has the Russian flag in lights covering it's entire surface... too cool.  I'm including a couple of photos, they won't do it justice, but it's the thought that counts, right?

If you guys have ever doubted Peace Travel, DON'T!  The Wifi here is lightning fast, we've Skyped home with video and the quality was superb.  It's easy to tell that other families have been here.  There's leftover supplies like coffee and sugar, a Brita filter, a nice Conair hairdryer... all the comforts of home.  We ever spent Sunday night just like we would any other, watching Mythbusters on Discovery Channel.  Sweet!!

In a little less than 15 hours our lives are going to change once again.  We will go from a family of three to a family of four (in spirit anyway).  I'll let you know how it goes with everything, from the worlds smallest elevator at the MoE to meeting Dr. T at the baby house.

Wish us luck!!

Hugs to all... Kim and Lance


  1. Here's hoping everything is super-smooth and as stress free as possible! Good luck! You guys are in my prayers.

  2. Glad to hear you made it easily...there's always a story to tell traveling to Russia for sure! Can't wait to read your next post! Have a GREAT day tomorrow!

  3. Awesome! We also had Violet and Vladimir when we traveled to Moscow 2 years ago. They are very professional and will take good care of you! I hope you get to relax tonight so you guys will have all the energy in the world for tomorrow!

  4. So glad you are there safe and what a view!! I'm a bit jealous!! We didn't have a view like that! Can't wait to hear about your first visit!!