It's been a good day on the adoption front. We got a couple of emails from T in SPB and with them came some really good news.
The first bit of good news was about "Gotcha Day" - the day we get to take Sofia from the orphanage. To give you a bit of background, we have heard from other families here in Finland who have adopted from Russia that Gotcha day can be a bit harried. One family said that it was a 3 hour drive to the home, they had to quickly dress the child and then leave just as quickly to get back to the city to do official paperwork business. Well, T told us that the home we are adopting from "is very special". They see Gotcha Day as very important, and therefore have a big party. We've been told to expect it to last at least 2 hours. There will be singing, dancing, etc.
Oh yeah - remember I said there was another family adopting from the same home? Actually, it's 3 Swedish-speaking families.
The other bit of good news . . . I can't actually say what it is. But, just know that it's really, REALLY good news, and explains for us why we have waited so long since trip 1 (although I'm sure this was not masterminded by people).
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.