The Pitman's Journey To Russia

Our journey to adopt three beautiful children from Vladivostok, Russia

Friday, July 25, 2008

We're Here

Hello from Russia,
We made it in OK. We got the tour of the Korean airport because we got lost. Vladivostok Air was wonderful (of course it was great because we were in first class!). We definetely stood out as Americans at the airport (I think we were the only ones). We got a little nervous at the Vlad airport because Irina was not at the airport right away to meet us. We had this taxi driver that could not speak English but he would not leave us alone. He followed us all over the place (even outside). He kept asking us to go with him, he even tried to find someone who spoke English to ask us where we were going, so we were so glad to see Irina. The drive to the hotel was an eye opener. It is a very, very poor region. Eric said he saw alot of military stuff along the way (jets & tanks). We are on our own until Monday but Irina does not want us to leave the hotel grounds. On Monday we are going in the morning to the Ministry of Education then we will go back to the hotel. She will then come pick us up after lunch and we will go see the youngest boy. They have already moved the girl in with the oldest boy and we will not be able to see them until Tuesday. It is so crazy to be somewhere where very few people speak English. At least in Korea you could find quite a few people to speak English. We hope everything is going good at home and please email us updates. Becky & Eric


Anonymous said...

hello from Moscow! I am so glad you made it to Vladivostok. Irina and Lana will take great care of you!

Best wishes to you!


Jane said...'s 2 am here---I couldn't get back to sleep so got on the computer and saw your post. I had called your mom earlier and she said as of this morning you were in Korea and exhausted. Glad you are now at your destination and hopefully can get some rest. Love to you both.
Jane & Dan

Cindy said...

I'm glad you arrived! This will be one of your most unforgettable experiences. I can't wait to hear more.

Kansas City

Anonymous said...

Hey cousins!
We are thinking about you and praying for your safe return and for your children to soon be with you. Guess I'm going to have to start getting bigger Turkeys at Thanksgiving!
Love to all All,
Lori, Dave, Christy and Amanda

Anonymous said...

Hey cousins!
We are praying for your safe return and for you to soon be joined with your children. Soon I'll have to start buying bigger turkeys for Thanksgiving!
All our love,
Dave, Lori, Christy and Amanda

Joel and Clarion said...

We hope ya'll are having a good time. Not too long from now you'll get to see your little ones. We're thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

Eric and Becky,
Of course I recieved funeral work today from Carm, and had asked how are travelers are doing. She gave me your blog address and I just wanted you both to know that you are in my prayers. Here's to a new family!

Beth Dunn

Carey and Norman said...

So glad you are in Vlad waiting to visit those precious children. I look forward to following your journey this week.

Many blessings!

Tony and Dawn said...

Glad to hear you made it okay! Irena and Lana will take very good care of you and will answer any question you have. Please tell them the Baggett's said hello! We'll keep you in our prayers! God Bless -