This is it. We are leaving Bryansk for the last time. We received the boys’ Russian passports today. It was a last minute affair, to be sure. In this new system, all passports are issued from Moscow. They are only sent to the provinces 3x per week, M/W/F. Ours were ready on Wednesday, but didn’t make that day’s post. So, we were on pins and needs at 5:00 today when the “chief” (I assume the local branch chief) brought in a box of passports that he had to personally go pick up somewhere. Such a strange system…
Luckily, Both Alex and Evan’s passports were there, so we can now get going. We’re on an 11:45 train to Moscow, arriving at about 6:15. It’s going to be interesting to see how the boys handle the train, let alone an overnighter. We debated, but settled on putting them to bed around 9:00. Hopefully, they’ll still be groggy enough to fall back asleep quickly on the train. If nothing else, they’ll get a couple of hours of sleep tonight.
We’ll be staying at another apartment somewhere in Moscow. It is owned by Mila, our tour guide from the trip in March. We’re hopeful that it will be a more pleasant accommodation. At least Mila has very good English. She is also a kind person, although she does have a touch of the “Olga flurry” in her.
We don’t know if this apartment will also have internet. Hopefully so, and we’ll be able to get another post out tomorrow. Otherwise, we’ll get to it when we can. In the meantime, thanks to all for the encouragement. We’re a little warn down, but doing fine. See ya’ll in Moscow.