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NetDoc's Show Blog...

Discussion in 'Dive Shows & Events' started by The Chairman, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,706
    31,335
    I left yesterday on a plane out of Orlando at 1:30 pm. I arrived today in Moscow at about 2:00. I AM WIPED!

    Traveling injured is a mixed blessing. Sometimes, they show wonderful compassion, and sometimes you just get forgotten about. When I arrived at MCO (Orlando International Airport), I was ushered PAST the LONG line waiting to get through security. Somehow, I got separated from my phone, but I finally found it. Off to the appropriate gate.

    The hop from Orlando to DC was OK, with only one hitch. They didn't know what to do with my knee scooter. So they put it into checked baggage, and promised it for me right after the flight. After a small search, they found it and luckily, the next gate was only a 100 meters from this one. I talked to a couple of people during the 2 hour wait and reported to my gate. The man at the counter was very helpful and reassigned me to a better seat... one with more room for my leg. They boarded me first, and I zoomed to the plane and... whoops! Incredibly narrow aisles. I couldn't ride my scooter to my seat: I had to hobble WITH my scooter. Then I had to man handle it into one of the overhead bins, because they aren't allowed to store that in their closet anymore. This was the LONGEST hop: to Frankfurt. YOW, my back hurt! Then we landed... There apparently was not enough room for the plane to used the normal gate. I had to WALK DOWN steps (in my cast) and board a bus to take us to the terminal. Once in the terminal, I could not find gate B61.

    "Es ist gleich da druben" which was accompanied by a vague finger pointing. I went a hundred meters down the hall, only to hit a BIG stairway. "Wo ist der lift?" I asked a young woman. So we walked BACK the 100 meters to the elevator! You know, they even commented on the fact that I am currently disabled.

    So up a lift, 150 meter travel, and down another lift. I had to pass through security, and they didn't like my knee scooter OR my cast. They took samples of the scooter, and made me take off my cast. Once on, I went another 25 meters to the gate and informed them I would need help. Well, there was no room for THIS plane either, and I had to go UP this time to get on. Then I went to my assigned seat and it wasn't there. No kidding. 24D just did not exist. Fortunately, the young man who was our steward was excellent, and re-arranged seating, so I would not be TOO uncomfortable. The food on the Lufhanza flight was EXCELLENT... far better than the American schlock. I sat next to a Russian man and was able to practice my Russian: I suck! :D The girl in the seat in front of us joined in the conversation, and I didn't think it was possible to speak that fast! Whew!

    In Moscow, we had a normal gate... NO STAIRS! I zipped up to a rather longish line for Passport kontroll. I was resigned to a lengthy wait, when I was told to follow this man in a soldier's uniform. We went to the front of the line, where I was processed and then he escorted me and offered to carry my satchel. I got my bag (They were QUICK!) and he rolled my bag into customs, waved at the guy searching bags, and we breezed right through. Mikhail was waiting for me just outside and before I could even as much thank this nice man, he was gone.

    So, into Mikhail's van and a wonderful ride through Moscow to my hotel. I will put up some pictures tonight or tomorrow!
     
  2. Natasha

    Natasha Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Chicagoan living in Texas
    11,609
    17
    Glad you made it safe and sound Pete. The air part is never easy. Have a great time. Can't wait to see pix of Red Square.
     
  3. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

    18,583
    341
    You'll have a blast, don't forget to have ice cream while you're there. Nothing compares to Russian ice cream.
     
  4. cardzard

    cardzard Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New Port Richey, FL
    6,418
    5,766
    Great news you arrived safley.

    Can't wait to see pictures with scubaboard stickers on everything.
     
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,706
    31,335
    They don't have ice cream here Walter, they have morozhenye! :D
     
  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,706
    31,335
    The is one thing that hit me on my ride through Moscow yesterday: Cнежок! "Snezhox" or snow is everywhere and they HAVE to deal with it continually. They have pristine snow, white snow "grai-eetsa sneg" (dirty snow) and even BLACK snow. Snow is piled up everywhere and there are no snowmen or women in sight! :D The side of the highways are lined with what first looks like the blackest mud, but it's just more snow!

    This brings me to how dirty the city looks. There is grime everywhere. All the cars and trucks look like they have been driven on a muddy Florida road. It's just too cold to wash anything yet: they'll have to wait for spring! Hey, it's been in the twenties since I have arrived, so I can understand this a bit.

    Here are some pics from my hotel room:
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  7. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,706
    31,335
    I am staying in the Izmaiolova Delta and it is immaculate! Security is HIGH, and I have to go register with the Moscow police today. My room smells slightly of smoke, but I expected that. However, it is clean and WAY TOO WARM... I have the window cracked to let in some cooler air. Last night I had chicken cooked with pineapple and pears in a curry sauce. It was WONDERFUL. I can't wait for daybreak!

    BTW, while at least I had the foresight to get an adapter, I only have ONE. I wish I had brought a small power strip as well. Next time, I will remember that.
     
  8. cardzard

    cardzard Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New Port Richey, FL
    6,418
    5,766
    Cool pictures Pete keep em coming :coffee:


    PS: Pete stay away from the yellow snow :D
     
  9. JDog

    JDog Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location:
    513
    0
    Greetings Net Doc..........sounds like you were having fun airport hopping...just kidding. I hope your trip back goes a little smoother than getting there.

    By the way welcome to my world.....when I retire I never want to see another airport or hotel room for the rest of my days. :)
     
  10. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,706
    31,335
    завтрак "zaftrak" is Russian for breakfast, and apparently, it is the MAIN meal of the day. Breakfast in included in my stay here, and I was figuring some kind of continental breakfast or light fare. WHOA... these guys know how to eat! Eggs, sausages, small hot dogs, salads of all kinds, rice, pasta, stuffed bell peppers, meat balls, all sorts of vegetables, bread out the wazoo, yogurt, and many, many things I have no idea what they are. I am set on trying something new each meal!

    But lets talk about their апельсиновый сок (apple-seenee-sock) or orange juice. It's far darker than what we have in Florida and it is perfectly wonderful. I have no idea if this is re-constituted, or what and it doesn't taste quite the same, but it is GOOD!

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