Hi all. I don't have alot of time left on my laptop battery - I can't find a place to plug in. I wanted everyone to know that I am on my way to pick up Lera. My dad is taking this journey with me and Randy is home with the kids.
My dad has been great throughout our whole adoption process. He has been very supportive, he tackled watching the kids while we gone the first trip and he even found away to get us back home when I just had to see my babies and get a shot of junk food. I have always been thankful for him and thought he was going above and beyond, but today he needs to be knighted.
We left Minneapolis at 6am on Saturday morning, into Detroit and on to Newark for a 6 hour layover before leaving for Milan, Italy. This went well but I didn't really manage to sleep on the plane and was really happy when we arrived in Milan early - almost. Actually we arrived in the airspace above Milan early and circled because Milan was fogged in. And circled some more. And some more. Finally, the pilot came on and said we needed fuel and were being rerouted to Genoa to take on fuel and wait for the fog to clear. I think Genoa would have been a lovely place to visit, if I could have gotten off the plane. 3 and a half hours later, we left Genoa, flew 25 minutes and landed in a chaotic Milan. Twenty minutes after our plane had left for Kyiv.
I have seen riots that were more organized than the check in for Alitalia. There were hundreds of people trying to check in, reschedule, etc. An hour and a half later we finally made it to the counter and asked about our flight. We leave at 8pm and arrive in Kyiv sometime after midnight. This creates massive problems. Our translator had already bought our train tickets for Odessa for the night and we definitely missed that. This throws off our whole schedule. We tried to find a way into Odessa directly but there were none to be had. Only solution $600 taxi ride - Kyiv, Izmail, pick up Lera and back to Odessa to start the paperwork first thing Tuesday. Wish us luck.
Randy, I love you. The next time I get to SKYPE, I should have our other daughter with me. Kiss my angels.