Sunday, June 05, 2005
Well, today is the big day. Our bags are packed. Hopefully they're all within the 70# weight limit. Pat had to remove a few pairs of shoes from his bag when he learned that he had packed more than me. He was too ashamed to bring more shoes than his wife! I have economized and will be bringing a scant 4 pairs. We also have a huge backpack each to carry on and one "personal" item each. Now imagine the trip back when we'll each have a baby strapped to us in a Snuggli. Quite a sight!! We're headed to the airport in about an hour. Hard to believe that we're finally going. Our flight leaves at 6:20 pm from Newark. We arrive in London tomorrow at 6:40 am. We have an eight hour layover in Heathrow. We haven't decided yet whether or not we'll venture from the airport for some quick sightseeing or hang out until our flight. We'll play that by ear. From London we head to Almaty, Kazakhstan with a brief one hour stop in Russia to refuel. Travel time to Almaty is 9 hours and we will be arriving at 4:50 am local time. We will be met at the airport in Almaty by the in-country team. We think the plan is to go a hotel to shower and catch a nap before heading to Kostania. Kostania is the city where the baby home is located and is our final destination. This is where we will be spending the majority of our trip. Travel time to Kostanai is about 5 hours. BTW, we'll be 12 hours ahead of east coast time. Time to go. We'll be checking in as soon as we can.