My Adventurous Trip Home From Russia

Now, for most people, the trip home from a vacation is not usually the happiest day. At minimum, most people go through mixed feelings as they leave their vacation destination.

On one end, they are sad that they have to leave such a wonderful trip and return home, often to go back to work and back to their life at the daily grindstone. On the other end, they are relieved to be sleeping in their own clean bed, not living out of a suitcase, and being in a place where everybody around you speaks your language.

For myself and leaving Russia, it was definitely a day of mixed feelings. I was sad to leave Russia, sad to leave my in-laws, and my wife and kids stayed an additional 2 weeks, so it was sad leaving them. At the same time, I was happy to be returning to sleep in my own bed at home, I was happy to be around people who spoke my language, and I was happy to go back to work where apparently all hell broke loose during the two weeks I was gone.


3 Scary Places to Travel

It’s that time of year again. The weather starts to cool down, the air outside becomes crisp, and the leaves begin to turn on the trees. We open the holiday season up with all things spooky and scary as we celebrate Halloween.

Typically, this time of year we don’t focus on traveling or vacations away from the home, instead we focus on staying home more, decorating the house, or finding the best way to scare people if you’re anything like me.

But, if the travel bug within you is itching like crazy for some place to get away where you will not lose the Halloween Spirit, then may I suggest to you 3 scary places you can visit where you will surely get a thrill. Now before I go into these, please keep in mind that if you choose to visit any of these destinations, you do so at your own risk!


Russia: Russian Food and Cuisine

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.


Chelyabinsk Russia and Extended Family

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!


Layover in Moscow Russia & S7 Airlines Review

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.


Saint Petersburg Russia – Day 3

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.


Saint Petersburg Russia – Day 2

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.


Saint Petersburg Russia – Day 1

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.


Flight to Russia – Layover in Amsterdam

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.