Note: I was finally able to publish on the 13th, so am publishing several days of blogs at once.
We landed and entered the smoke-filled airport, which like the landscape lacked color or personality. After moving through customs and getting our suitcases, we journeyed to our hotel – the Park Inn which is located on one of the many islands of St Petersburg. Our hotel is a high-rise overlooking the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. The accommodations are good and the water is hot. And the windows can be opened, acting as both air-conditioning in an otherwise very warm existence and a refrigerator for our water and Coca Lights (thank you Coca-Cola).
Our group has come from throughout the United States, with a single mission in mind – to offer love and compassion to orphans. We have packed our bags with craft supplies, humanitarian aid, stuffed animals, and candy. The bible school materials are ready and we anxiously await our first visit.