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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Made it to Komsomolsk

Hi Everyone!  I have covered the planes and trains portion of this journey to Gregory (or as I learned today "Grisha" (and roll the r lol) I arrived in Khabarovsk with no trouble - the shuttle went directly to the terminal "D" and I followed a lady from the hotel who was also going to Khabarovsk.  I was only allowed one 50lb bag... so my "purse" and my carryone accounted for another 50lbs which was heavy to haul around.  I was greeted at the airport through the glass window by Elya who recognized me immediately.  We checked in for a few hours at the hotel so that I could shower and put a bunch of stuff from one carry on into my suitcase (which now weighs a full tonne).  Elya and her boyfriend Kiril took me for pizza and then after collecting my things we went to the train.  Oh yeah - don't worry, my bank card and visa work just fine here so I don't know what the issue was in Moscow.  We boarded the night train... and I felt like I was in a Charles Dickens Christmas story... literally standing in the snow, between two tracks waiting for the doors to open so that we could climb up the ladder onto the passenger car (which was cause for some entertainment with my monsterous and heavy bag).  We got on and settled into our cabin - we had top bunks but no one joined us on the lower ones.  Elya and I chatted for awhile about the region, the changing of the administration, the children and of course Gregory.  I found out his birthday is May 23rd.  Sleep didn't come as easy as I would have liked but I did konk out eventually none the less.  Thismorning, we arrived in Komsomolsk and checked into our hotel.  After breakfast, I packed my things up so we could go and meet the social worker.  We were not clear on when we would be able to go to the baby home - turns out we can go at 3:00 to be there for 2 hours.  I got some additional information on Gregory - all "nice to know" sort of stuff but nothing earth shattering.  So, for now, I am waiting in my hotel room for lunch at 2:00 downstairs with Elya and then we will go to Seliheno to meet the little guy.  I was right, the baby home is tiny - only 20 children so that is a good thing.  Can't wait to post an update but given the speed of this internet I may not be able to email photos until I am home :(
Paka!
Stacey

4 comments:

Silvana said...

I am so glad you made it!!! Enjoy meeting Grisha!!!

Deb Woodcock said...

So good to hear form you Stacey. I now know just how big the world is! You seem so very far away, especially with all the hurdles you have leaped over! Enjoy your little boy! Can’t with until spring!

terence and carala said...

Fantasic news! So glad you made it!!!! I've been checking email all day beteeen playing pita and eating a lot of food! We're all happy you made it in one piece....as I write I'm sure you're visiting him...wow! Your son...(lump in the throat)...cool. :-)

Looking forward to your next update...

C. (for all my boys)
**don't worry...we won't stop praying!

Kari Braun said...

Stacey, you are so brave, I am constantly thinking of you and checking for updates. By now you would've met your boy for the first time....I can only imagine how nervous you were. All my body parts are still crossed for you!!!