"Being a family means you are part of something wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what." ~Author Unknown

Saturday, February 26, 2011

You know you're in Russia when...

the receptionist at the hotel says, "You're lucky to be here this week, only -10 today, last week was very cold!".  I admit I've been watching the weather and this week is definitely warmer than last week, but there's just something wrong with "lucky", "only",  and "-10" in the same sentence!  We are here though and happy to be back.  I should apologize to any poor soul that ever has to be on a flight with Mark and/or I.  The Culley's and flying just don't mix.  Now I will say I'm thankful we always get there eventually and most the time get our bags.  This trip started with a four hour delay due to electrical problems.  That was okay with us though because we had a 6 hour layover so we were still able to make our connecting flight.  We just did the layover first!  Then we got to Amsterdam, boarded our flight, and the captain comes on to make an announcement.  The announcement is that one of the passengers has been arrested due to a security breech, and they will have to find the passengers luggage and remove it from the plane.  Seriously?  I hope they made sure this person was traveling alone and didn't have a partner still on the flight!  All said and done we arrived in St. Pete pretty close to on time.  We got our bags, found our driver, checked into the hotel, skyped with the kids, and went to a little restaraunt we had been to last time.  They serve pizza among other things and Mark was liking the security of that.  I decided to try something more Russian and it was really good!  Pork, mushrooms, cheese, sour cream...what's not to like?  We will not be able to visit the orphanage tomorrow because it's Sunday:(  We expected that though and planned on having the day for sight seeing.  So tomorrow we will soak in this country that our youngest child is from, and Monday we will be reunited with her.  Good stuff:)               


  1. Glad to hear you made it safely. We arrive in St. Pete on Monday night. Have fun visiting with your little one and good luck at court!

  2. Hermitage? Def must see! Good Luck, wish I could be with you!

  3. Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, Hermitage, etc......all a must!!!! Glad you made it and can't wait to read about your day tomorrow! Oh and I am with you-it's freezing here!!!! We stayed in all day yesterday because it snowed and snowed and no traffic stops for a stroller!