Sunday, October 30, 2011

Back to the US and Back to High School...


The Russian government required us to fly back to US in order to get our new visas. What a long trip to just get four pieces of paper! Little did we realize when we got here yesterday that we had arrived just in time for a historical winter storm! We barely made it to my mom's town, but then the hill she lives on was blocked off by fallen trees, so our taxi took us in search of a hotel...

THERE WAS NO POWER **ANYWHERE**. Imagine Route 44 completely blacked-out! We went through three towns looking for a hotel before giving up... I kept thinking, "Where could we show up unannounced during a storm at 9 p.m. and get housing?" Oh, and it was impossible to drive up any kind of hill... The roads were treacherous and there was almost no visibility.

Then I thought of my high school! Sure enough, we pulled up in front, I rang the door bell, and within 15 minutes we were settled in one of the dorms :-) The nicest dorm parents gave us air mattress, pillows, blankets and made us feel so welcome. The campus is the only place with power (i.e., heat and internet!) for miles and miles...



These photos don't give an accurate picture of just how much snow there was during the night; it rained and much of it melted.

This morning the Head of School and Head of Admissions brought breakfast over; the campus is on lockdown because of falling trees and power lines.



Katya and Natalia are having such fun with the three dorm kids and students...




Chris is still snowed-in at JFK before he can go on to Denver... While figuring out where to go once the airport shut down, he met actor John Rhys-Miers and they headed out to dinner and the same hotel! Adventures, adventures...

My mom is on her way to get us here now that the roads are plowed. She's bringing towels so we can all take a shower before heading back to her house where we'll have no power... 

6 comments:

Annie said...

Wow! You DO lead an adventurous life! And what a High School!

Anonymous said...

He had dinner WITH John Rhys-Meyers? Amazing.

Amy said...

Did the girls get to trick or treat???

Anonymous said...

I do not think we had any trick-or-treat yet anywhere in CT. It is very sad
Olga

MoscowMom said...

Trick or treating later this coming week with friends in another town. My town just is not doing it but having a party in town for the kids.

The school campus is so pretty Annie.

MoscowMom said...

It's Tina and not Tamara and I left the previous comment.