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Frequent Flyer

20 Nov

Almost 15 months ago I took my first international flight from LAX to Moscow.  I had been to port cities in Mexico by cruise and driven into Northern Ontario, Canada through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  And while I had flown between South Florida and Southern California many times, never enough to actually earn frequent flyer rewards.

Yesterday, I received this in my e-mail:

My recent trip to St. Louis bumped me up enough that I now have some formal status with Delta.*

I have been back to the States three times now since the move.  The first time I was with Ben, but back in June I flew back by myself.  Before the flight, I was a bit nervous about passport control and customs, not feeling confident without my partner to look to.  This trip, though, everything felt routine, even having to deal with the confusion of a cancelled and rescheduled flight.  I am amazed at how easily something like flying back-and-forth between continents can seem.

We haven’t planned too much for 2013 yet, but hopefully we’ll get to add some more miles to our frequent flyer memberships.

до свидания!

* It really helps that Aeroflot, Russia’s airline, is part of the Skymiles team.

First Vacation

23 Oct

Before Ben received an invitation to interview for his current position (which means before I even knew he applied to a university in Moscow), he was asked to be in the wedding of two very good friends of ours. When he accepted this position, we discussed it with the couple and let them know that we would do what we could to make it back, but we had to take things one day at a time. So, there we were, less than a week before the wedding having to tell them that one of their groomsmen still could not confirm that he would be in the country on the big day. Not only were they not freaking out, but they were apologizing to us for the fact that our visas were not processed yet. This is exactly what makes them the kind of friends worth traveling half way around the world to see. Fortunately, three days before our scheduled flight the visas arrived and we were legally able to return to Moscow once we left.   Continue reading

We Made It!

27 Aug

Just a very quick post to say that we made it to Moscow!

We had a very busy few days, but thanks to our AMAZING friends we managed to clear out our apartment just in time to catch a ride to LAX.  We had a direct flight to Moscow and surprisingly the 12 hours went by pretty quickly.  Nebbie was highly medicated and although she was scared out of her little kitty-mind, she was a trooper and made very little fuss on the plane.  She is currently staying at a vet’s office until Ben and I can find a long-term apartment here (we found out just recently that the HSE Guesthouse does not allow pets).   Continue reading

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.   Continue reading