Saturday, August 20, 2016

The adventure comes to a close

Yesterday evening at around 8:30, the entire Baikal team emerged from Customs at Logan airport and met up with family and friends, or continued to their final destinations. That concludes the 2016 Baikal course. Sincere thanks and best wishes to all the participants and to everyone who supported them on their adventure!

Landed safely at Logan Airport

We're in Boston, slowly approaching our gate.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Boarding final flight!

We made it to Frankfurt fine and will board our Boston-bound flight in a minute. Should arrive at Logan around 8:00 pm.

Junk-food snacking on way out of Russia!

About to leave Moscow!

Flight from Irkutsk went great. We're about to go through security before we board our Moscow-Frankfurt flight, Lufthansa 1445. Everything's going fine and all are healthy and happy. Fingers crossed for no delays!

Made our Moscow flight just fine

Everyone's aboard our Moscow-bound flight out of Irkutsk. Next stop: Domodedovo Airport. So far, so good.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sunset in Irkutsk...

Today we said a fond farewell to the beautiful city of Irkutsk. It was a day of shopping, strolling, and leave-taking. After our farewell dinner, students and instructors celebrated at the Bochka Tavern in the city center. Helena handed out "Most Likely to..." awards to all participants, and the translators (Kolya, Dima, and special guest Vitya) gave special Buryat gifts to all of us. Tomorrow we leave our hotel at 7:00 a.m. for the airport. We'll do our best to update the blog as we progress westward on a very long Friday!
Tom Hodge