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After a 10 hour flight, a chaotic layover in the Ukraine, and another hour and a half flight, we finally made it to Moscow

I’m confused as to what day and time it is.  I’m told it’s Tuesday, August 3rd and I just heard the church bells next to our hostel ring 10 times, so I’m assuming it’s 10am.

The plane ride was long. We left the states from JFK airport at 7pm on Sunday, August 1st.  My mom, her boyfriend, Jonathan, and his 2 daughters, came to see us off.  It was hard for me to see her again, because I was just getting used to not being with my family all the time, but I’m really glad she came to see us off.  I miss my family a ton.  I also miss my boyfriend, Jake.

They made us check our backpacks because they were too heavy to carry on.  That stressed me out.  I had to quickly transfer anything I wanted to carry onto the plane into a tiny backpack Teresa brought for me.  I couldn’t find everything and was just about to start crying when my mom intervened and helped me get everything.

Saying goodbye was a tearful event.  Last time I said goodbye to my mom it was only for 2 weeks.  Now I’m not sure how long it will be until I see her again.  I love my mom.  I miss her.

The plane ride was kind of a blur.  Fortunately I was able to sleep, thanks to a neck pillow my mom bought me and some sleeping pills.  I think I would have gone crazy had I not been able to sleep.  10 hours on a plane is not my idea of a good time.

I woke up a little before we arrived in the Ukraine.  Then we waited in line at the transfer station for about 40 minutes and almost missed our flight.  Good times.  But we made the plane and we made it to Moscow.  Our plane landed at 3:45pm. Our backpacks did not make the second flight.

It became apparent that our bags did not make it to Moscow with us when, after sitting in baggage claim for a little while, the conveyor belt carrying the luggage stopped moving all together.  That was not a good sign.  We spent the next 3 hours in customs, filling out forms and trying to figure out when our backpacks would get here.

We finally made it out of the airport at around 7pm.  After trying to communicate to some taxi drivers for some time, they finally got some idea of where we wanted to go.  I do not recommend taking a taxi in Moscow.  I thought we were going to die.  On top of the reckless driving, my car (we took 2) did not have seat belts or air conditioning.  After spending about an hour and a half at the mercy of the taxi driver, we finally found the hostel!

It’s nice.  Alex, Bella, Jen and I are sharing a room.  It’s not bad, but it can get really uncomfortably hot.  Since everyone was tired when we got here we went to bed pretty quickly.

I woke up at 3am local time and couldn’t sleep.  I was trying to get the internet to work in our room, but the laptop wouldn’t connect.  Jen was also awake, so we went to the bathroom and then we sat in the lobby so we could have internet access.  3am here is about 5pm back home.  So I got on facebook and was able to Skype with my family!  I miss them a lot.  Our bags were delivered here at about 4am… random.  It was lucky Jen and I were awake.

After all that we went back to the room.  We talked for a little while and then tried to go back to sleep.  It took me awhile to fall back asleep because I couldn’t get comfortable.  Even at 5am it was so hot I couldn’t sleep well.  But apparently I was sleeping fine, because Teresa came in to wake me up after everybody (except Bella and I) had gone grocery shopping.

And now its time to go exploring Moscow!  Everybody is really tired, so we’ll see how this goes.

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 | Categories: It's Tough to Leave, Russia


One comment

  • Aunt Lori says:

    Well, an adventure already! I’m glad you got your backpacks, it would have sucked if they had truly been lost. I’m sure that that will not be the last time it happens. Plan for it, then be pleasantly surprised when they ARE on the conveyor belt!
    Will you have power converters in each country you visit? Adapters for your laptops?
    I almost cried, reading about you saying goodbye to your mom.
    It’s great to hear how you’re doing, Meagan. I think about you often. I love you, Meg.

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