Update to the update's update
I went ahead and paid for the 24-hour internet connection from the room. It wasn't even double the cost of one hour. I also swapped out the flaky cable and that seems to have fixed the connection problem. [Wrong. I had to call the techs back to fix it.] The hotel sure did send up some techs quickly to check it out. Tara and Elizabeth are asleep, though, so I sent them away, saying everything was OK after all.
I walked down the street again, looking for the TGI Friday's but never found it. I was hoping to surprise Tara with a real recognizable meal for a change. Oh well. I found their sign again, but no restaurant just a bank. Figures. Nothing in Russia is as it seems. :) [UPDATE: Here's the Google Maps location showing the bank/building I thought was the restaurant.]
Looks like we'll be having pepperoni (the only recognizable lunch meat I could find at the store), swiss cheese and mayo sandwiches for dinner tonight. Tara saw a KFC on the way to the hotel last night, but I haven't seen it since. I normally avoid them, but we're desperate for reasonably-priced food in this, the world's most expensive city.
I hope that there are seats available for us to change our flight home to Thursday or Friday instead of the currently reserved Sunday flight. I'll offer to ride in the pet compartment if necessary. :)
UPDATE: Here is the most recent "most expensive cities" listing on cnn.com for 2019
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Thanks for all of the updates. We are very excited that you will all be returning soon, and hopefully earlier than expected. Soon you will be surrounded by all of the foods you know and love! Until then we will all be sending and focusing our most powerful positive thoughts in your direction -- maybe you will be able to leave on Thursday! - Stephanie, 2007-12-18 04:46:25