Just to let everyone know we made it to Moscow safely. We left Sunday, and everyone was excited, and then a whole lot of sitting and Monday is kind of a blur. The three of us are pretty tired, which happens with long travel. Ann and Jake were troopers, although I complained a lot to anyone who would listen, so I spent a lot of time talking to myself.
The people in Moscow are absolutely wonderful! Everyone is very friendly and helpful. My Russian is terrible and I have no confidence speaking yet, so its painful to communicate at times. Many Russians speak at least some English, which is nice, but it seems like cheating on my part and I will work hard to get better.
The city is huge! It took 2 hours to get from the airport to our hotel by taxi, about 60 miles, and we are still well inside Moscow. The exchange rate between dollars and rubles is very favorable to Americans, so, the total cost of the cab was $40.
I will post some pictures later today. It has been snowing a lot here and the city is very beautiful, with the streets are cleared and the temps are in the high 20s during the day. We are right across the street from the botanical gardens. I suggested we got for a walk but I just got icy stares instead of an answer. Hey, its warmer than home, really, so I have no complaints.