Well after a lot of traveling I finally made it to Stavropol. I’m pooped. I am seriously about to crash but i wanted to write this so i didn’t forget a thing.
My first flight was out of San Francisco. It was at 6:30 am. The night before i had some celebratory drinks with my friends and stayed up til midnight. When my alarm went off at 2am, i was seriously thinking staying up late was a very bad idea! I hopped in the shower and got ready. Deb and i took off at 3 am to get gas and coffee. I got to the international terminal at 4:30 but it was dead. I thought that was strange. After about a half hour i asked someone and was told i should have been in terminal 3. I ran to terminal 3 only to learn that I should have been on terminal 1! By this time I am in a panic and a sweat. The line is crazy long and some nice lady must have seen I was on the edge of breakdown and grabbed me and took me to the front if the line. I checked in, then headed over to security and soon enough I was on my way to JFK. So, for future knowledge, I now know that you only go to international if your flight is direct.
Upon landing at JFK I got off the plane, went potty and then hopped on bigger plan to Moscow. I slept about an hour on the JFK flight and maybe 2 ( that’s being generous) on the flight to moscow. I watched all three movies they showed and made lists during the 10.5 hour flight.
I got into Moscow at like 11am and my flight to Stavropol was not til almost 8. So, I went to Red Square and inside the Kremlin museum. After that I headed to the airport. My driver/translator stayed with me until I got to and thru the security area. Igor is his name and honestly he is first-class. Very nice. I felt very taken care of. Just before boarding someone yells “Tracey!”. I stopped in my tracks because it scared me. Turns out it was Alex, the regional coordinator and his wife! They are very nice and knew I would be there as they spoke to Igor. They were returning from a weekend trip. We chatted and they told me their son would be picking me up. I then headed for the bus to take me to the plan and another person comes up, thisntime an American and says…hello there! An adoptive mom I presume. We chatted and again nice couple! They are here for their court trip!
I finally made it to Stavropol. Tomorrow is the MOE meeting and then a 2.5 hour car drive to a small city where the baby house is! If everything goes quickly MAYBE I will get to see her tomorrow???? I’ll let you know!!
OH.. Apparently the voltage adapter I bought doesn’t work in thus hotel room! If it doesn’t work at the next I am in a heap! I’ll need to find one that does!!!
Ok nite nite!