We just discovered that our travel agent is not a mind-reader.
When making our travel plans for Trip One, we originally wanted to come straight home from Novokuznetsk on Saturday August 2, but after four days of searching we realized that we HAD to travel over a Saturday night to get the best price on airfare. So Martin and I planned to fly to Moscow on Saturday, spend the night at the Moscow Marriott Grand, and then fly home on Sunday. Unfortunately, we didn't communicate that very well to our travel agent. We just asked her to get us home on August 3rd. Which she did. Straight from Novokuznetsk!
What this means is that Martin and I will be staying at Hotel Siberia for an extra day. I've heard mixed reviews on Hotel Siberia, but one thing for certain is that it so NOT the Marriott Grand.
Not to worry, we'll save those Marriott points for Trip Two. There is a Flea Market in Novokuznetsk that I've heard has much better prices for souvenirs than Moscow. We'll probably do a little sightseeing on Saturday and learn more about the city and its history. I'd love to be able to share those kinds of things with our daughter when she is older. I've read several blogs where people said they didn't have any time in the region to sight see or shop because the Trip One is such a whirlwind and Trip Two is busy with court and picking up your child.
So I'm looking at this little mishap in our travel plans as a blessing in disguise!