We've arrived! Aunt "Whonda" and I are safely in St Petersburg. We left Detroit @ 6pm on Saturday, 2/19/11 and arrived this evening at 6pm St Petersburg time.
Comparisons - ANY flight compared to the murderous 14 hour flight from Chicago to Seoul is a walk in the park. Seriously, tonights 7.5 hour flight was NOTHING! I felt like we were barely in the air. Neither of us slept much, but that's to be expected.
The St Petersburg airport wasn't quite what I expected. I can't describe WHAT I was expecting, but maybe more like a larger European city (like Amsterdam, maybe?) but while it was larger than Vladivostok, it was smaller than I expected. Customs was no big deal.
The hotel - Courtyard by Marriott - makes The Vlad Motor Inn look like a shack in the woods. Big, beautiful with two restaurants (a Bierstobe!) and nice room.
I am hoping this is where the comparison's end. Last time around, the first day didn't as expected... this time, I am hoping for no surprises. I feel very confident about this referral. I don't want to go out on a limb and say he's amazing, so I'll let you read into that. Then again, amazing on paper doesn't always mean real life is the same.
I am less nervous than 2.5 years ago. Maybe because I know the process and have been there, done that this time. I can't say that I am NOT nervous -- but the nerves are different. The whole trip has had a different attitude this time, much more laid back, much less stress.
It's COLD. Like a rare cold day in January in Michigan. Really cold.
Excited about tomorrow. Missing my Russian princess at home. And tired. That's it for now... more later. Say some prayers for us tomorrow... Baby Soup... here we come!!