Friday, February 20, 2009

Day 1 and 2

What an amazing past two days. We left on Wednesday afternoon for thr airport (thanks Ted Brunner for the ride) and the flight from Newark to Frankfurt was excellent. We enjoyed a movie and arrived in Frankfurt at 7:50am (midnight EST) and Cindy sat next to an Israeli game maker that gave her a good 3 hour lecture on the development of games.

We spent 2.5 hours in Frankfurt (just enough time to eat breakfast) and the catch the flight from Frankfurt to Moscow. This is a 3.5 hour flight and 2 additional time zones and I think it is safe to say we slept for most of the flight. We arrived into Moscow with snow on the ground and a 1.5 hour ride to the hotel (the traffice is really bad). We ate, got settled and went to sleep and we each slept really well.

Friday February 20

We spent the morning getting ready and enjoying breakfast and then Cindy and i went for the $1000 medical phyisical where you bring your own lab results. Cindy described it this way...Long, nerve racking and thankful it is over. We drove about an hour to an 8 story Russian building and started with the skin doctor. He was not in and what we found out is that he simply signed our paper for us without even seeing us.

Then we went to the 6th floor and waited...and waited...and waited. Then we had to meet with the head doctor and then we waited...and waited and then we meet a team of doctors that asked us about 3 questions and did a normal physical of breathing, reflexes etc. We waited again and left. The summary...


20 minutes of actual doctor time

2.5 hours of waiting

1.5 hour drive

AND WE ARE SET to present these to the judge Tuesday morning in court. We did find out thatafter us they will requeire a lot more paperwork from doctors and it seemed like they wanted us to have the same paperwork and so we simply prayed...And God worked it out.

Tonight we went to Red Square and took a few pictures. I have posted one for you to enjoy. Tomorrow we leave for Krasnoyarsk at 8:55pm and arrive into Kras at 6:00am (and another 4 hour time change.)

Billy for the Family


  1. Wow...what culture Julia is experiencing on the other side of the world. I'd love to hear her responses to what she sees and hears over there in Russia!

  2. Incredible! I am so happy for all of you! Praying for your trip and all the details it involves! Take care!

  3. We are happy to see that you made it safely to Moscow!!! Looks just as cold as in December!!! We love this photo!!!!!