We are one step closer to traveling. We bought our tickets today. We are flying Lufthansa. Charlotte straight to Munich and then on to Kiev. We will be spending the day in Germany and have an evening flight on to Kiev. You don't need a visa to leave the airport so we might do some sightseeing. If we are too tired to venture out though we will probably pay the 30 euros and use one of the lounges. A hot shower and a quiet place to rest will probably sound good after the 9 hour red-eye.
I am also happy to say that the airport has a Starbucks in it. I'm not saying I will be having mocha withdraws as soon as I leave the country; I'm just excited about adding another mug to my Starbucks mug collection. I have all U.S. mugs so far. Lots of them, from a few Hawaiian Islands all the way to Puerto Rico. So I will be adding my first international mug to the collection. I'm sure I will be thrilled to be hauling a mug around for the rest of my trip, don't you think? This is the reason we will pack light. I must have a Munich mug! ;) Russian adopters get to visit the new Starbucks there, but Kiev has yet to get a Starbucks so we will unfortunately not be able to find one there.