Not marathoning Moscow ‘til September – but was forewarned to apply for my Russian travel visa far well in advance.  Aside from needing a passport in June (to race in Canada), politics can play a role in how fast & how many visas are processed by both the US & Russia.  Similar to the US – people are people, but government is its own separate animal.

Went online & attempted to complete my application thru the Russian Consulate.  Pages & pages of questions – family history, employment resume, university & degrees, medical history & insurance.  Seriously – not so easy.  Ultimately, paid a service to assist.  FedEx’d my application & passport to the Houston consulate.  BAM, 8 days later…comrade I’m travelling to Russia 🙂



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