This afternoon, Bonnie and I will be making our final preparations for our trip to Moscow and begin packing. About 48-hours from now, we will be arriving at the airport in Charlotte, checking in at the Delta counter, and going through the various security screenings associated with preparing for an international flight. After that, we’ll have roughly an hour to mill around the airport concourse, snack, relax, and breathe our last bit of North Carolina air for a while. Then we’ll board the Douglas MD-88 for our short trip to Hartsfield-Jackson/Atlanta International Airport. Once we arrive there, we have a two-hour layover, which should be more than enough time to make it from our domestic arrival terminal, B9, to our terminal for international departures, E17 and have lunch somewhere at the airport. Finally, at 3:55 PM, we will take off in our Boeing 767-300ER and proceed to stay cramped up in it for the duration of the 10.5-hour flight to Sheremetyevo. Our local arrival time is 10:35am – or 2:30am Eastern Standard Time. I’ve already posted our full itinerary, so refer to that if you want to know exact travel times and flight information.
At this point, we will have been awake approximately 20 hours – and there is no rest in sight. In order to fight jet lag, we’ll be forced to stay awake and in lieu of going to the hotel and collapsing, we’ll instead be traveling around Moscow, seeing Red Square, The Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and who knows what else. We will probably end Friday a bit “early” – around 7:00PM (11:00am EST on 10/6) and get settled in to our rooms at the 24-story Hotel Molodyozhny.
I really can’t wait until Friday morning. I’m ready to be in Russia. While it’s no where near what I would call a vacation, it will still be a very rejuvenating and relaxing time, amongst all the busy-ness. I’ve arranged for Matt to post on this blog while we are away with the email updates that Brad and Lori will be sending out. If you want to receive those emails directly just say so by leaving a comment here (with your email address in the “email” box) and I’ll pass the addresses on to Lori. You might also wish to bookmark the Stamey’s Blog and check there for updates.
Do svidanja! (Phonetically: dahs-vuh-danya) or Goodbye!