One of the best parts of traveling internationally is the great opportunity to try out new dishes. Depending on the country, some of these dishes are quite unique, while other dishes can be downright weird! Sometimes you may feel like Andrew Zimmern going out on his Bizarre Food tours. In our family, we are adventurers and we try out new, and sometimes even strange dishes everywhere we go. Russia is no exception.
During our time in Chelyabinsk Russia, we left for 3 days to visit a Lakeside resort about two hours out of town. Let me tell you, after living in a high desert region for a few years, the water, greenery, trees and everything about this place was absolutely amazing.
On the evening of Wednesday, June 13, 2018, our plane safely landed in Chelyabinsk Balandino Airport (CEK). There we got off the airplane, took the shuttle bus from the tarmac to the terminal, and we were greeted my in-laws, my wife’s family, and my kids’ cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmother. It is really something to travel extremely far to the other side of the world and to meet people who know you and love you. Distance is no barrier for love and family!
So, Day 3 of Saint Petersburg and the day we flew to Chelyabinsk Russia pretty much were one long day since we didn’t really sleep overnight. Our flight from Saint Petersburg was leaving at 5:30am and we had to be at the airport 2 hours early at 3:30am. The taxi ride was about 40 minutes, so we had to leave at 2:50am. We took showers, packed, and got everything ready and got to bed at 2:00am. We slept until about 2:30am, a half hour. Then we woke up feeling more tired than we did when we went to bed 30 minutes prior. We got the girls up and got them ready, we threw on some clothes and made our way outside with our heavy suitcases and met our same taxi driver Ivan.
So we woke up on Tuesday morning June 12, 2018, and it was the beginning of our third and last day in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was a bitter-sweet day, sadly it was our last day in Saint Petersburg, but it was our favorite day too. Why? Because we got to see the Hermitage, what more can I say? So we got up, had our Russian Breakfast, no different from the breakfast from the first two mornings. We then cleaned up and headed outside to catch the bus to Palace Square where the Hermitage is located.
We slept a lot better our second night in Saint Petersburg and woke up more refreshed on Monday, June 11, 2018. We were very ready to start day 2 in Saint Petersburg and full of excitement. We had a yummy Russian breakfast at our hotel, no different from the first day. We stepped outside, it was warmer, but very overcast as if it might start to rain.
So, after two flights, one long and one medium length flight, we arrived in Saint Petersburg Russia early Sunday morning June 10th. We got a short, but strong night of sleep, and we got up late Sunday morning to experience our first day in Saint Petersburg. We were a little dizzy and jet lagged, but very excited at the same time.
After arriving at the gate, we waited to exit the plane for quite a while due to the fact we were near the back of the plane and several people in front of us had to exit first. Once we exited the plane, we were tired, but really excited for the opportunity to go to downtown Amsterdam.
We strolled through the terminal making our way to Passport Control and to the exit of the airport. We stopped and took a few pictures along the way.
As with any big trip, to say that we were excited to embark on this trip clear to the other side of the world would be an understatement of epic proportions.
It was Friday, June 8, 2018. I went to work that day and left two hours early at 3:00pm so that I could get home and help the family pack the rest of the way, so we could leave at 5:00pm and get to the Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) no later than 6pm, which was exactly 3 hours before our international departure.
Another great and short get-away from the Salt Lake Valley is to take a trip up to Deer Creek Reservoir in the mountains. It is part of Deer Creek State Park. It’s not really an escape from the heat as some lakes such as Tibble Fork are, but Deer Creek Reservoir is huge!