As I mentioned a few weeks back, my wife and I are trying to adopt a child from Russia. The prospective trip I mentioned then fell through, but we just got another call from the adoption agency. We may be traveling in a couple of weeks, and posting is likely to be light while we're getting ready to go.
None of this is certain, as we learned the week before last. But we've got photos (damn, that kid is cute!) and a medical report (confusing, but that's the norm in Russian adoptions) this time, which is more than we had the last time.
If this goes through, we'd be traveling to Tomsk, which is the other side of Kazakhstan, and just this side of Mongolia.