Houston, we have a problem

Trip Start May 30, 2009
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Trip End Jun 2009


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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'm on a mission to save as much money as possible.  To avoid paying for an expeditor, I drove the five hours to Houston and stayed with relatives Sunday night.  Monday morning started off great...arrived when the Chinese consulate opened, near the front of the line, paperwork in order...*&%$# forgot to make arrangements to have the visa picked up and mailed back to me.  No problem, the consulate's website mentioned some nearby travel agents that could pick it up.

Seconds later, and even better, an expeditor in line helping someone else!  I flag her down and she agrees to help as soon as she's finished.  "Next."  Just as I walk up to the window, the expeditor comes to the rescue.  I pass everything to the consulate agent and this is where it gets embarrasing...in one measley box, I put the wrong location for the park I will be visiting, which ended up being the political name for Tibet.  I actually had the right address in the next box, but...it didn't matter.  The consulate agent (a young girl about 22) didn't notice the mistake between the two boxes and was not familiar with the park.  Had she been, the agent would have corrected me.  It didn't even dawn on me until later, that the second box had the correct address.  Does anyone have a paperbag or large rock??

Eventually, it all got straightened out...and so did I.  The expeditor, Cindy, has resubmitted the paperwork and said there should be no problem (my prayers said and fingers crossed). The visa and passport should be back in about 10 days. What makes it more embarrassing, I'm a trained geographer.

Lesson learned...Laugh and you'll enjoy life more.
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