Part of the ennui that I have been experiencing has been because of the uncertainty of our travel plans in the next few months. We knew that we had a trip to Colombia starting in July and that one is good to go.
The problem arose with the trip to India for the month of September and then the Himalaya Trek during the first two weeks of October. Since Michael is working in India, he had to have a Business Visa and the process was started back in February, sending them copies of his passport and other pertinent information.
Then we realized that to enter Nepal for the trek, we had to have at least 6 months left on our passport. We were fine when the trip was in May, but when it moved to October, it meant that we needed a new passport. So as we applied for the new passport, we had the horrible realization that the Indian government that had to approve Michael’s Visa had our old passport information…. are you starting to see the problem!!!
Anyway, today our new passports arrived AND miraculously the visa authorization arrived from India with only his name, but not any passport information on it so it looks like we are good to go. The next step is to apply to the Indian Embassy in Atlanta to actually receive the visa. The only problem now is that we have to give them his passport which he will need while in Colombia. That would only give 3 weeks before we leave for Colombia and then 3 weeks between that trip and India and it could easily take longer than that.
SO, Michael called and found out that he can apply for a second passport that he can travel on while his other passport is being processed for the Visa…..WHO KNEW!!!
We have spent the last four hours filling out forms and getting packages ready to Fedex tomorrow and hopefully we will have all of the needed Visa’s well before time to travel!!!
That was about all we could handle in one day but tomorrow we will regroup and start making lists of everything that we have to do since the trips are back on!!!
Thus, Ennui is gone and mild panic has set in!!!! I guess the moral of this tale is to be careful what you ask for!!!!