Trip Start May 18, 2005
25Trip End Jul 10, 2005
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Ahhh, the trip begins - I'm on my 5th trip to Southeast Asia and this is the way it is and the way it will be and I'm lucky it didn't take longer
So, a couple of days later Dave and I go to one of the post offices listed as accepting passport applications. When we get there we are told they don't do that anymore, but they do give us a list of POs that do. Oops, they are on the list. We call and locate a place that will accept applications, but learn that we need checks and cash - no charge card accepted. We go home to pick up the necessary items and head off to the Dallas County service center that accepts applications. When we get there we discover that they also take photos for the same price as we paid. We could have done it all in less than an hour vs. the four+ hours we spent. Oh well, it is a lot better than wandering around Bangkok trying to get something done.
Besides the time and confusion, I am reminded of how it is dealing with immigration. You need them and they don't need you and they know it and you better know it.
If you've read this far, it looks as if you may read on through further entries. If you do & you take a notion to write, please (1) no business - not that you would be one to bring up something I'm avoiding (2) don't expect a quick answer as we'll be in a lot of places with poor internet access.