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by bill - 2007-10-11 20:46:51 ( in family, adoption, holmes, travel) [php version] rebuild (137)

We're in the Atlanta airport now! Good to be on US soil, except that they keep mentioning George Bush (... as in the Houston Airport). :) It's 1:45a.m. Moscow time right now (5:45p.m. EDT), but I'm not tired. I'm anxious to catch the flight to Nashville. Customs and "security" here in Atlanta is sooo much smoother than Russia, though they did tick me off at the end when you have to quickly remove your shoes and belt, etc., open up everything, prove that this is an actual laptop, etc.

I swear this whole "security" thing has more to do with harassment than anything else. In the Moscow SVO airport, I added up the number of "checks" they put us through from the street to the plane. There were five. Six, if you count the additional frisking in between two other checks. I'm considering suing the US and Russian governments for harassment bordering on torture. I'll let you know how that goes. :)

They showed "Ocean's 13," among others that I've already forgotten, on the flight home. It was good, but the first one is still the best.

I kept thinking about Elizabeth on the flight home. She's such a great little girl.

I forgot to mention, before leaving Astrakhan I went for a walk down along the riverfront while Tara emailed several of you. As per Tara's instructions, I had our leftover sandwich meat and cheese ready to "donate" to the first stray dog or cat I saw. I didn't see any until I got to the very end of the walkway. There were two smallish dogs, a white female and a black and white male, I'm guessing. I didn't check. The male trotted away, before seeing that his mate was getting fed, so he came back over. Maybe they'll survive another few extra days thanks to me (and Tara).

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Here is the complete blog of the adoption experience in paperback form, Russian Adoption: From Nashville to Astrakhan and Back (PDF). And here is the fictionalized, future "homeland tour" (action adventure) version in various forms: on Kindle, various electronic formats, and in paperback.

This time next week....PreparationThe day beforeTravel dayIn the airWe're in MoscowMoscowCheck out timeWe're in AstrakhanIt's only Monday?What a day...Tuesday (2007-10-02)It's a girl! It's a girl!WednesdayThursdayGreat visitSights of AstrakhanAnother great visitLast visit for a whileAtlanta!We're home! (10/06)Round twoSkora mweh tam boojumInternet accessElizabeth's roomMweh yeddum v aeroport eta ootraIn the air againBack in Moscow (11/26)Tuesday (2007-11-26)Back in AstrakhanRussian adoption consultantComments welcomeShowtime!And the judge says......Success!The day afterSaturday morningMuch better visit todayBeet saladWent for a walk ...Its going to be a good weekShe's warming up to usLight at the end of the tunnelPicture of us before courtMore picturesShe's ours!The first hours of parenthoodBowel movementSleep, what a conceptUpdateNothing much to update about51-1/2 hoursJust another week to goPictures of our life in AstrakhanBack in Moscow (12/18)Moscow update continuedUpdate to the update's updateTo the embassyCan't leave earlyStill in MoscowRiding the MetroRiding the Metro, part deuxWe're home! (12/23)A few picturesAirport arrivalStay tunedMore picsSummaryDoctors say she's normalAdoption videoHolmes Russian adoption videosAdoption videos updatedOur Russian adoption story

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