I went ahead and paid for the 24-hour internet connection from the room. It wasn't even double the cost of one hour. I also swapped out the flaky cable and that seems to have fixed the connection problem. [Wrong. I had to call the techs back to fix it.] The hotel sure did send up some techs quickly to check it out. Tara and Elizabeth are asleep, though, so I sent them away, saying everything was OK after all.
I walked down the street again, looking for the TGI Friday's but never found it. I was hoping to surprise Tara with a real recognizable meal for a change. Oh well. I found their sign again, but no restaurant just a bank. Figures. Nothing in Russia is as it seems. :) [UPDATE: Here's the Google Maps location showing the bank/building I thought was the restaurant.]
Looks like we'll be having pepperoni (the only recognizable lunch meat I could find at the store), swiss cheese and mayo sandwiches for dinner tonight. Tara saw a KFC on the way to the hotel last night, but I haven't seen it since. I normally avoid them, but we're desperate for reasonably-priced food in this, the world's most expensive city.
I hope that there are seats available for us to change our flight home to Thursday or Friday instead of the currently reserved Sunday flight. I'll offer to ride in the pet compartment if necessary. :)
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.... Preparation The day before Travel day In the air We're in Moscow Moscow Check out time We're in Astrakhan It's only Monday? What a day... Tuesday (2007-10-02) It's a girl! It's a girl! Wednesday Thursday Great visit Sights of Astrakhan Another great visit Last visit for a while Atlanta! We're home! (10/06) Round two Skora mweh tam boojum Internet access Elizabeth's room Mweh yeddum v aeroport eta ootra In the air again Back in Moscow (11/26) Tuesday (2007-11-26) Back in Astrakhan Russian adoption consultant Comments welcome Showtime! And the judge says...... Success! The day after Saturday morning Much better visit today Beet salad Went for a walk ... Its going to be a good week She's warming up to us Light at the end of the tunnel Picture of us before court More pictures She's ours! The first hours of parenthood Bowel movement Sleep, what a concept Update Nothing much to update about 51-1/2 hours Just another week to go Pictures of our life in Astrakhan Back in Moscow (12/18) Moscow update continued Update to the update's update To the embassy Can't leave early Still in Moscow Riding the Metro Riding the Metro, part deux We're home! (12/23) A few pictures Airport arrival Stay tuned More pics Summary Doctors say she's normal Adoption video Holmes Russian adoption videos Adoption videos updated Our Russian adoption story
"Thanks for all of the updates. We are very excited that you will all be returning soon, and hopefully earlier than expected. Soon you will be surrounded by all of the foods you know and love! Until then we will all be sending and focusing our most powerful positive thoughts in your direction -- maybe you will be able to leave on Thursday! " Stephanie, 2007-12-18 04:46:251