In about 30 hours, we'll be piling the suitcases and the family into the car and starting the drive down to Helsinki.
Our flight leaves Helsinki at 07.50 on Tuesday. It's a 3 hour flight to London. There, we sit for about 6 hours. Then it's a 9½ hour flight to Seattle. My brother is picking us up at SeaTac. Then it's about a 3½ hour drive to my Dad's house in the Vancouver, BC suburbs.
I'm not sure how long we'll be hung up at the border . . . Stefan's not coming with (he's coming later in July). Not sure if we'll encounter any problems with our plethura of passports . . . I've got a notarized letter from Stefan stating that I'm actually allowed to travel with our crew . . .
Here's where you come in - I don't like flying, at all. I need your prayers for peace within me so I can travel with my kids without having to use the Gravol/Imodium/prescription "relaxing" meds I have along.
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.