They’ve Arrived!

August 27, 2008 at 11:31 am 8 comments

They arrived yesterday! The FedEx truck pulled up, our dog Kineo made himself comfortable in the driver’s seat until he received his biscuit, and two packages were handed over.

The larger of the two was an iPhoto book that we are taking to show pictures of our life. The cover on the book is a picture of the cake that my teaching cohort’s had made from a student map on our supposed first departure to Kazakhstan last spring. (I loved that cake!) All of the text has been translated to Russian with many thanks to two friends of Doug’s at work who just happen to be from Belarus and Kazakhstan.

When I saw the package containing the visas, however, I was a bit worried. The only objects in this flimsy cardboard FedEx folder was our passports. Where were our visas? Upon a little more investigating, I found our visas glued to the insides of our passports. This being my first visa ever applied for and granted I was expecting something a little more grandiose, but this will do just fine! No complaints here (for once)!

Why the delay? A computer system went down somewhere just after our visa applications arrived. Although our confirmation number was in the system, some of the correlating names weren’t with the assigned numbers. A call to our agency, MAPS, sent our coordinator on the investigative trail and by Monday we were again matched to our number so that the visas could be processed. (Thanks, Libby!)

Only a few days to go!!!! Now the real packing can begin!


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kazreader  |  August 27, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Congrats on receiving your Visa’s. Can’t wait to follow along. Your journey is about to truly begin.


  • 2. Michelle  |  August 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve been following along on your journey. Congratulations on this huge step forward! Best of luck in the days/weeks to come!

  • 3. Susan  |  August 28, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! got visa’sand cool book with photo’s…will travel!!

    cannot wait for you to get here!!!!!!


    you are gonna LOVE KOSTANAI!!

  • 4. Susan Moore  |  August 30, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Congratulatoins! I wish you all of the best and look forward to cheering you on. Best, Susan from Austin

  • 5. Jennifer M  |  August 30, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Best wishes! Can’t wait to follow your journey!

    BTW, those visas are a little underwhelming, but oh so precious. 🙂

  • 6. Ellen Norton  |  August 31, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Good Luck and Bon Voyage !! Can’t wait to follow your trip. AND to see the first pics of the little one. What a lucky kid.
    Have a safe flight.

  • 7. bruno  |  September 4, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Oh, that was a real cliff hanger, but it urmed out all right! Visas! I bet you didn’t need them for Geramny? But oh, I’m so glad you’re finally on tera firma. Good luck! bruno

  • 8. bruno  |  September 4, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Sorry! I needed a double take to realize my last comment was misplaced. You received th FedEx in Freeport, not Frankfurt, silly me. Well, at least, the visas were not for Germany …


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