Getting Things Done

17 Aug

The past week we have been able to check a lot of items off of our to-do list. Last Friday was an extremely productive day in which we accomplished renting a storage unit, getting HIV tested (apparently it’s a visa requirement for Russia – who knew?), having a gift engraved for Ben’s adviser, getting Ben measured for a groomsman’s tux, picking up a storage case for one of our bass guitars and dropping of the classical guitar for a pre-relocation tune-up. Since then we have been getting things taken care of here and there including having a moving sale, dropping off donation boxes, and taking the first carload of boxes to the storage unit.  

We have also received some information from the university regarding our temporary housing. We will be staying in the HSE Guesthouse until we find a more long-term apartment (our current reservation is until November 1st). This image is of the building and if you click here you can see a few images of the rooms. There is something exciting about actually seeing where we will be even if it is not fancy and not where we will really make our home in Moscow. It is also very comforting to know that we do have a place to put our bags once we land.

Today was a very important day, though. Today we received our invitations to apply for our visas. Within a few hours of receiving them, we had our completed applications along with necessary documents on their way to be processed in Washington, DC. We had to pay about twice as much for expedited processing (5 business days rather than 12), but we should be in good shape on that end. Today we also scheduled our flights. We can now say with confidence that we are leaving California on Friday, August 26th and will be arriving in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, August 27th. This IS happening.

The next week and a half will be hectic – especially with a four-day weekend in Vegas right in the middle. There is a lot of relief, though, in having these critical pieces of the relocation process handled.

до свидания!

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