The short amount of time left before my proposed trip to Russia has been shortened even more by inclement weather in Seattle, thus dimming prospects for success.
As I indicated in my previous post, I had obtained some conflicting/confusing information about requirements for obtaining a Russian visa and had planned to visit the Russian Consulate in Seattle on Tuesday to get the definitive word.
A quick phone call on Monday night revealed some interesting information: the Consulate sets certain hours for certain functions, and the hours for dealing with visa matters are from 2:00 to 4:45 p.m. It started snowing in Seattle about 1:30 on Tuesday, just about the time I'd planned to leave for downtown. Not wanting to get stuck downtown if it continued to snow, I decided to wait until Wednesday.
Wednesday, as it turned out, was worse.
Snow started to fall about 12:30 and continued to come down vigorously for well over an hour, leaving accumulations of slush on the streets and making driving tricky at best. Another day's delay.
Meanwhile, a proposed traveling companion decided to "pay the freight to go through a (Russian authorized) travel agent and just let the experts do it for" her. Probably a wise move.
More to follow.
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