Still in Moscow

by Bill - 2007-12-20 - in family / adoption / holmes


We're in a different hotel, the Holiday Inn - Moscow Sokolniki, for the rest of our stay. This is the one that was originally reserved for our return from Astrakhan. It has a reliable internet connection, costs less per night than yesterday's, and provides a great FREE (not $60) breakfast. The only drawback (if that, given that the Metro subway is so close, cheap and fast) is that it is farther away from the Kremlin/Red Square. With this much downtime we'll probably do some touristy things, after all.

We had lunch at the McDonald's across the street from this hotel. Elizabeth does NOT like McDonald's. That's good, actually, even though Tara and I agreed that it was the best McDonald's meal we'd ever had. :) I tried to order combo meals for us, but that didn't work. All we missed out on were the fries, which I should probably avoid, anyway. In fairness to McDonald's, Elizabeth probably just doesn't like beef. It might be the first time she's ever tried it. Her distaste for beef is also a good thing, though I don't expect it to last. We have nothing against Russian restaurants, we just can't read the menu to know what to order. That, plus the fact that they're usually too expensive.


Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience in paperback form, "Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and back". And here is the fictionalized, future "homeland tour" (action adventure) version in various forms: on Kindle, various electronic formats, and in paperback.

This time next week....PreparationThe day beforeTravel dayIn the airWe're in MoscowMoscowCheck out timeWe're in AstrakhanIt's only Monday?What a day...Tuesday (2007-10-02)It's a girl! It's a girl!WednesdayThursdayGreat visitSights of AstrakhanAnother great visitLast visit for a whileAtlanta!We're home! (10/06)Round twoSkora mweh tam boojumInternet accessElizabeth's roomMweh yeddum v aeroport eta ootraIn the air againBack in Moscow (11/26)Tuesday (2007-11-26)Back in AstrakhanRussian adoption consultantComments welcomeShowtime!And the judge says......Success!The day afterSaturday morningMuch better visit todayBeet saladWent for a walk ...Its going to be a good weekShe's warming up to usLight at the end of the tunnelPicture of us before courtMore picturesShe's ours!The first hours of parenthoodBowel movementSleep, what a conceptUpdateNothing much to update about51-1/2 hoursJust another week to goPictures of our life in AstrakhanBack in Moscow (12/18)Moscow update continuedUpdate to the update's updateTo the embassyCan't leave earlyStill in MoscowRiding the MetroRiding the Metro, part deuxWe're home! (12/23)A few picturesAirport arrivalStay tunedMore picsSummaryDoctors say she's normalAdoption videoHolmes Russian adoption videosAdoption videos updatedOur Russian adoption story

Comments
"My kids did not like McDonald's the first time we went either. They adjusted very quickly. They love the french fries now. Enjoy your time in Moscow and rest up for the flight home. " — Janet, 2007-12-20 04:33:34
"When did McDonald's start putting beef in their burgers?!?!?! " — Leslie, 2007-12-20 06:30:48
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