First of all, let me preface this by saying i have not slept in 24 hours... or something like that. We made it to Moscow after a 3-4 hour flight from Dallas to New York and a 10-hour flight to Moscow. At least, I think it was 10 hours. It was so long that I kind of lost track. Plus, we went through a few time zones to make it more confusing. But it's 4:15 pm here right now, and in another 4 hours we'll be boarding to fly to Elvira's city, which will take another 7 hours. I'm hoping I'll be able so exhausted this flight that i'll be able to sleep despite my discomfort. Ryan has the gift of being able to sleep anywhere at any time at a moment's notice, of which I am insanely jealous. So at least one of us is lucid.
We met with the Moscow agency coordinator here. Marina is so incredibly sweet, just what you would expect of a babushka. I think she was afraid to leave us naive Americans alone in the airport, despite our reassurances that we have traveled internationally before. Marina gave us a rundown of what our schedule here will be like. As soon as we get off the plane, we'll be taken to the Department of Education for questioning and to be approved to visit Elvira. I'm glad Ryan will be answering the questions because I am NOT with it right now. Then we'll go to our hotel for some much needed rest.
And... the next day we'll get to meet Elvira!
That's all for now. Please pray for safe travels and that all goes well at the DOE. I'll update again tomorrow.