We finally have a confirmed date . . . November 24th. We won't be able to start travel preparations until Monday because tomorrow is a holiday here, All Saints Day, and everything is closed. We have been told that we are to take the morning train from Helsinki on the 23rd and will visit Sofia in the afternoon. Then, Monday morning we go visit the Russian doctors and then court at noon. We are to head home on the morning train out of St. Petersburg on the 25th. At this point, I don't know if we are able to visit Sofia more than the one time, or if we can stay longer than we've been told - by the time we got the email confirmation, it was after working hours this evening. So, we won't know more until Monday.
As I mentioned in the last post, we have a long list of stuff to get together before then. In fact, it all has to be in SPB no later than November 12th. It includes . . . . a new photocopy of my passport (the darn colour picture copied too dark - the judge can't see me clearly!), pictures of us and the house (that match the first set we sent in before our referral) with detailed descriptions, salary documents from employers (again), mortage documents from the bank, another budget (just did that in August), and some other things . . .
So, all in all, a GOOD day. To start it off on the right foot, we had our first snow . . . just as the weatherman had promised. Fortunately, Stefan had time to put the snow tires on my car before I had to take Pepsi to the vet - turns out she has an ear infection. The vet had to sedate her so she could pluck out the hairs and then clean out all the gunk - oh my. When I got home, I had to put a chart on the fridge of what meds to give her when, because I know I've got so much going on right now I'll not be able to keep track and the poor girl will never heal!
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.