Welcome to London? Nope, St. Petersburg!

Without any text to help distinguish this scene as St. Pete's, this could just as easily have gone in my London residency photos!

I’ve finally made it to St. Petersburg after my protracted flight schedule…and after 30 hours being awake, I’m really starting to feel the pain!

I started off early this morning, leaving for the Philly airport around 11 a.m.  From there it was to Newark, which was delayed 30 minutes, but luckily it only takes 30 minutes as well!  From Newark it was to Dusseldorf, Germany, which takes about 6.5 hours.  When that flight landed, it became 6 a.m. German time.  Fast forward through 5 hours of downtime in Germany, then it was finally on to Russia.  4.5 hours later, some rush hour traffic, check-in…that puts me at 30 continuous hours of being awake.  That’s probably a record, I’m not one to stay awake for long periods of time!

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Who has two thumbs and is ‘Russian’ around?

This guy!  (Really?  Stooping to old man jokes?)

In less than 24 hours,  I’ll start the journey to St. Petersburg, and I’m as un-prepared as always.  You’d think by now, the last overseas residency for us Americans, I’d have done a better job of managing my time leading up to the plane flight.  As it turns out, procrastination just couldn’t wait!

I got in to work today to clean-up any last minute issues, and now I’m home enjoying the beautiful day in Philadelphia.  After the latest heat wave, it’s good to get a taste of what St. Petersburg is going to be everyday…low 70s during the day and cool at night.  But that enjoyment is only going to go so far, as I still have to:

  • Do laundry, specifically making sure I have clean “business attire” (I wore flip-flops today to work!)
  • Pack 75 pounds of crap into two or fewer bags
  • Cut the grass (or, pay someone else to cut the grass)
  • Finish the Accounting pre-reading (two more case studies)
  • Read all of the GMI pre-reading (or at least make printouts)
  • Read all of the Operations Management pre-reading (or make printouts)
  • Do CCL pre-reading

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