Vladivostok 2/26/2010 2:35 PM
As of yesterday, we are done with all the Russian authorities until we get to the airport next week. We picked up Cohen’s passport yesterday and his photo is hysterical! Looks just like a mug shot.
It is sort of setting in that he is really ours. His passport had his new name on it, although it is spelled out the way it sounds in Russian…Raney is Reyni and Cohen is Koen.
We met with the American Consulate yesterday. It was really neat to be at the American Consulate building with Cohen. I showed him the American flag and a picture of our President. The Consulate was really nice. He asked us a bunch of questions then signed all of our documents. Cohen was great while we were doing all this paperwork. We met a diplomat as well. She and her husband live in Moscow, but she was spending two weeks in Vladivostok for training. She gave Cohen cookies, so he really liked her.
The only thing we are waiting on now is Cohen’s visa so that he can enter the United States. Cohen will technically become a Untied States citizen when the plane touches ground in Los Angeles, CA. He will remain a Russian citizen as well, so he will have dual citizenship. His passport is only good for 5 years, so after that, we can choose to renew the passport or allow it to expire. The Consulate warned us that in Russia, boys could be called up for the Russian Army in the event of a draft. If Cohen is in Russia when the draft occurs, he would be required to serve. We will just have to make sure that Cohen does not travel to Russia between the ages of 18-30.
The weather here has been nice. We’ve been able to get outside some and enjoy the snow. Two days ago it got above freezing for most of the day. The snow started to melt and the ice on the road all melted, so we put on our coats, got out the stroller and took a walk with Cohen. He loved the walk, of course he loves being outside. We walked to a small grocery store, sort of like one of our gas station convenient stores, except this one didn’t have gas. We got some cokes and snacks and headed back to the hotel.
Below are a few of the pictures we took on our walk today.