Sunday, February 20, 2011

Somehow the Same... Yet TOTALLY Different


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!!

11 comments:

Barb said...

You're so close:)! Hope tomorrow goes well . . . can't wait to hear details!!

Mike and Heidi Lee said...

So glad you made it safely! Can't wait to hear how things go! Our only piece of advice...please remember to use salt on your fries instead of sugar!!

Wendi and Terry said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you; can't wait to hear about your big day tomorrow!!

Jeanette said...

Hoping tomorrow is a wonderful day!!! Glad you arrived safely! Make sure you post some pics of St. Petersburg :)

Sally...4 boys + 1 princess.. said...

oooooo LOVE, LOVE, LOVE St. Petersburg! Beautiful City, Beautiful Children. Keep us informed! Make sure you see the Church on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaacs Cathedral and the Hermitage!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your trip to St Pete. We just adopted from there 2 months ago and stayed at the COurtyard for 1 of our trips. There are some good restaurants in walking distance that are very well priced. Have the front desk tell you how to get to Stolle (delicious traditional pies (pies with meat or fish or vegstables or fruit ) great soups and salads, Mama Romas - good Italian, there is a mexican restaurant right there and a delicious place diagonally across from Mama Romas called Gio or Gia something. This was more pricey but really good. Have a wonderful trip and best of luck meeting your little one!

hope said...

Hi Amy, Bill and I are thinking about you!! Wishing you special times and memories and that all goes well, Loraye

Pam said...

So excited for you!!! Wish I was there too!! I hope you have a wonderful first meeting with no surprises!

Hunter and Michael said...

It's great reading your blog. I am so glad you are there and in a nice Marriott!
Enjoy every moment of your adventure.

Joy said...

Amy,
I am so excited about this trip for you. I so hope that this referral is your little man.
Joy

Gloria said...

So excited for you! Can't wait to read all about it! Enjoy your time in St. Petersburg!