Archive for October, 2007

Going native?

It’s a slippery slope. First you start talking about sidewalks and SUVs, next thing you know you are not speaking English at all.

So I think it has started – now when I go to Starbucks I order a medium skimmed milk latte with vanilla and an extra shot of coffee. Once I start asking for a triple skinny grande vanilla latte then I think we’ve really got problems. Would you tell me if I do?

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Visa Application

Well they don’t make it easy at the Embassy. I knew I’d have to wait, so I showed up with some food, some reading material and my most patient disposition.

What I hadn’t realised was that I’d have to wait OUTDOORS. I stood in a queue that didn’t move for 3 hours – that was just to get inside the building. And it was raining. HARD. In fact hard enough to soak me even wearing Gore Tex.

Fortunately I didn’t pay atttention to the recommendation to dress smartly – there were plenty of guys with sharp suits with ever expaning tide marks up the legs. Each of my mini – meetings involved me dripping quietly while they pushed the paper around. Anything they gave me to hold was instantly turned into mush. During the 4.5 hours I was there I spent approx 2 mins in total dealing with people.
But I now have a visa. Hilariously in the photograph I look like a drowned rat.

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