I was a victim of my fickle-mindedness recently. Perhaps that happens when you have way too much time in your hands. The days seem to blur and the future becomes distant. The original plan was to go to Tokyo in October but pivotal circumstances led me to a different course. The idea of going back to Europe then presented itself. It was timely. I thought: "This would be the best time to rekindle my love affair with Europe". (FYI, this blog came to be because of my crazy stories in Europe. Click this LINK to read more). A couple of months ago, while studying for my board exams in Starbucks, a random and unassuming fortune teller did tell me that I would be in Europe again this year. Yes, I believe in such "gifts". You see, she was right.
I started with the UK visa first since I was not able to include that during my last Euro trip. I found myself fixing all my requirements for this visa - a process I considered as unpleasant. You have to force yourself to do it. We hurriedly submitted the application and after a few days, we finally got our UK VISAs! Our passports were delivered to our condo in 3 days. Fast, eh? The British Embassy was also generous to give a multiple entry valid for 6 months.
The process was not as complicated as I expected (I'll write a more detailed description on How to Get a UK Visa later). All you have to do is fill up their application form online and you can book your appointment after (via call center or online). On your appointment date, go to their Visa Application Center where you would submit your printed application form, passport and supporting documents. The only problem is that you'll find out if your visa has been approved when you get your passport. A text message or email will say: A decision on your visa has been made by the British Embassy. The waiting game unfortunately commences. Patient is not my strong suit.
I'm grateful that all my travel plans are taking shape. I still have to get another VISA but I'm hoping we'll have no problems with that. For now, I'm ecstatic knowing that my UK Trip will push through. I have personal reasons for going there.
If you have been there, can you suggest something new to do or see? Ill probably be visiting places outside London too. Looking forward to hearing from you. One thing is certain though. I want to see Stonehenge!
Now, where can I find another fortune teller? Teehee!
Shengen visa, you're next.
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