Wow. Packed and ready for my Russian adventure. Looks like I’ll have some sidekicks tagging along.
Sometimes, my bears place nicely together. In fact, they’re one heck of a team when they decide to help each other.
Pop Quiz: What’s different in these two pictures?
ANDRE: MOMMY DOESN’T NEED TO GO RUNNING IN RUSSIA.
Less than two weeks to go before I’m flying to St. Petersburg. I still have a ton of editing and writing to finish. I also have to work on new subjects for new lectures.
I’m sure I will be working on these presentations on the plane. In the meantime, I’m trying to get a better idea of what to expect in St. Petersburg.
Some travel prep notes:
- Travel Document Systems e-mailed my Russian Visa. Woot! It was an adventure trying to apply for a visa at the Russian Consulate in San Francisco. I’ll blog more about it – soon.
- I bought a new battery for my MacBook at the Apple Store in San Francisco
- I borrowed some international converter plugs from Suzanne. I guess I’ll see which one works in St. Petersburg.
- I’m learning some Russian phrases thanks to the one-minute lesson podcasts by Radio Lingua.
- My bedtime reading is the Lonely Planet Guide to St. Petersburg.
I’m still trying to answer the question: “Who get’s to be my ‘Plus One’ on my St. Petersburg, Russian trip? Right now, it looks like I’m leaving Andre behind thanks to the new results of my informal poll.
Louie: 4 votes.
(Louie wants to thank Samantha, Mark, Sara and Dad.)
Andre: 3 votes
(Andre wants to thank Colin, Rink and Andrei.)
My blog poll has been extended to Twitter and Facebook friends as well as young readers offline.
So. Thanks for voting!!!
Today – I’m trying to figure out how to say ‘Hello’, ‘Thank You’ and ‘Good-bye’ in Russian.
Next month – I will step up to the lecture podium and teach a journalism class in St. Petersburg.
One of my co-workers said she didn’t understand why I would need a passport and visa to teach in that city. Then she realized I was talking about St. Petersburg, Russia.
If it’s not obvious on this blog and on my Twitter feed – I love to travel. I’m also thrilled to have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky and sample Russian food and drinks in what some people call the ‘Venice of the North.’
For Halloween, I brought in some Halloween Oreo Cookies for my co-workers. Only 130 calories per package.
I also brought in all my Cal gear for my Tailgate Fashion Show. I asked everyone to bring in their college school gear for our set. Somehow, Andre snuck into my bag. Again.
You remember this bear right? He’s been nearly everywhere with his partner-in-crime, Louie.
After Andre did his cameo on my morning show, I gave him a tour of my newsroom.