John:

For some reason I haven't been able to upload the site's updates since yesterday. I have no idea why, but it will probably take a fast internet connection to look up our account, and/or a phone call to our web site host when we get home. Well, if it was going to fail, I guess it's better that it occurred with 2 days left! But I'm going to keep writing! Maybe someone will find this interesting even after the fact, and it will be a nice keepsake for us as a family some day in the future!

Today is our last day here! We spent the day going to the US Embassy and doing final paperwork. We have passports and visas for the kids now! It was weird to see postings in English everywhere, and all the workers spoke English! There were big photos of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleeza Rice up on the walls. I'm embarrassed to say I had to ask Anne how to spell their names just now! We ran into another couple from Kentucky, who adopted two, also a boy and a girl. They seemed extremely nice! Too bad we didn't get to spend more time with them; we might run into them at the airport at midnight tonight as we wait for our respective flights at about 2am and 3am.

Somehow this big long trek back seems smaller now that it's here. Maybe our 3 hour flight in the Yak-40 helped us practice. Maybe because I know what's on the other side - home! English! Family and friends!

Anne:

Daniel and Maya are sitting next to me, watching me write our last post from Kaz!  John and I just enjoyed a lovely last meal of udon-type spaghetti, dinya, chocolate-covered cherries and Tien-Shen beer, all while watching the sun set over Almaty.  All our official visits went well today.  We also spent time with Sasha who is the "Kazakh Craft King" here in Almaty and bought some beautiful souvenirs. 

It's been a wild ride-- can't believe going home day is finally here.  It's been an adventure we'll never forget!  And our parenting adventure is just beginning!  We will continue to post on this website, although not daily.  We've loved having you all with us on our trip and we can't wait to see you back in the States!  For now...paka paka!

 

Good Morning Almaty!

'Last Tango in Kaz'

Returning from the US Embassy with the Kentucky couple, their two new kids, and the lawyers' office worker.

How do you say 'Sponge Bob' in Russian?

'Ceci n'est pas un pub'

The Guinness Pub/Sushi Bar I wrote about on 9-7-05 that had no Guinness for sale.

Goodnight, Almaty!!