Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Astrakhan Geography

I SUCK at geography! Thank God I didn't exact know where I was when we went to bring Madeline home from Russia. I don't know why, exactly, I was figuring this out this evening but when we were in Astrakhan, Russia, David and I were actually closer to Baghdad, Iraq (925 miles) then we currently are to David's best friend, Jon in New Orleans! Or....736 miles from Astrakhan to Mosul, Iraq (about the distance between Buffalo to Nashville, TN) Who knew?!?!?! Like I said, thank God I didn't!


Marty said...

You were also quite a bit close to some other hot spots like Grozny in Chechnia (230 mi), and to Tbilisi in Georgia (350). Nice way to plan a trip.

Amy said...

Yep, when I heard where we were going David showed me where Astrakhan was on a map. I had a minute or two of dread in my mind. I was tempted to say that I didn't want to go there. But (and this was before we had even met Madeline) we felt that this little girl was meant for us. I guess it's kind of like a pregnant woman knowing that there is no way around labor. I just had to erase the idea of the surrounding areas from my head. And by the way,the day we flew out of Astrakhan on trip one was the same day that the new president of Chechnia (that Moscow appointed) took office. David hid his concern for possible incidents until we got home. Knowing me, that was probably a good thing.