Our Russian Adventures Part 4

Travelling to Russia was not easy, at least not as easy as most other European countries.  We had to apply for a Visa, and pay top dollar to get one after several weeks waiting.  Of course, there was always the option of paying extra to ‘facilitate’ or ‘rush’ it through faster.  Once that was in hand, we could book airlines and notify our friends that we were coming.  At first, we thought we might stay at a hotel or something close to their place, but no, we were to stay with them at their apartment. Read More

Our Russian Adventures: Part 2

Of course, for years, Tanya and Tolik would ask us to come to Russia and visit them.  At that time, we were travelling to various spots in Europe and even Australia, but Russia was not in our plans at that time. Then one day . . . we thought . . .  instead of us going to Russia, why don’t we bring them over here?  For the price of a holiday for us, we could show them a trip they could never afford.  Just for the two adults . . . we could not afford to bring the entire family over, and most likely the children would now grow up in a country and at a time when travel would be much easier for them. Read More