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We have not been the best at keeping the blog up to date. More to the point, there hasn't been much to update on. An has been busy planning our wedding reception at the end of March, I have been counting down the last few months of work (two more months before I give notice), and we both have been doing our best to survive the brutal northeast winter, hopefully our last for a while. So when we realized An had a week off in February, we decided to take a trip, might as well use all out vacation days before we leave. We asked ourselves where does one go to escape the brutal New York City winter. Some place with warm days and idyllic beaches ...
RUSSIA, time to figure out if Napoleon was pussy or if Russian Winters really are that bad. Of course we made this decision about two weeks before our holiday, resulting in a mad dash to get our visas in order. Having gone through numerous visa processes before, I was not too worried. Well, I was wrong. The Russian visa process is a bureaucratic that Rube Goldberg could scarcely have imagined and of course we were required to book our flights and hotels before beginning the process. So when I dropped by the visa office the day before out flight to see if our visas were ready, I was already planning an alternate vacation. Thankfully we got out visas and shortly there after were on our way.
Eight days in Russia doesn't give you that much time to explore a pretty large country. We split our time between Moscow and St. Petersburg, had a great time, did a lot of walking, ate a lot of Russian food (quite nice), and whet our appetite for more. Good thing we are planning a trip around the world that will give us a chance to see more of Russia. Even better that our visas are multi-entry and last for three years, I would hate to go through the visa process again.
By the way, it was colder in New York, my opinion of Napoleon took a hit.