So far I’ve had a very special day. First when the doctor came to my room this morning to get my rest heart rate and BP, he brought me flowers. Then when I opened the door of our room to the hallway, there was a big poster of me with happy birthday wishes on the wall.
When I went down for breakfast there was a big arrangement of red roses, and a specially baked apple pie and some beautifully decorated food on the table. Soon after, General Korzoun walked in with the head of the training program and presented me with a big basket of white roses. I will send you some pictures.
They told me my birthday present is coming this afternoon. I was told that the tradition in Russia is that the person having a birthday throws a party. So I have invited everyone for beer after dinner.
This is a very special and memorable birthday as you can imagine. I’m only missing Hamid to make it perfect.
Quarantine is not too bad. It is just a little like groundhog day since everything is repetitive. We have designated times for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and quite a few choices of food. We are not allowed in the kitchen and cannot cook. We cannot leave the premises and can walk around only under supervision. I think I know how Martha Stewart felt in her minimum security prison
On the other hand, everyone is super nice and they are doing everything they can to help us and make our stay comfortable. I have made friends that I will remember forever. So all in all no complaints…
Just a few more days and I will be in orbit … Inshaallah