If you are ever really bored and want to fill in hours upon hours of your time, why not try to apply for a Russian, Belarusian, Mongolian or Chinese visa?! Not only will you have to recall every country you have ever visited in the last ten years and their purpose in one country’s application form, for another you have to remember old work telephone numbers even if you are staying on the train and not setting foot in the country! Hats off to Ian who ploughed through visa applications – four countries worth for five people – checking and double checking everything. I kept the workline going with cups of tea along the way. The photo above of the kitchen table is our paperwork. It still fails to give the full magnitude as the sheets you can see are just the top pages and have more stapled underneath.
Today, we went to Islington to submit our Russian visa applications. Screened for security going in (empty items on a tray and approached by the man with a hand-held scan detector) I didn’t dare take any photos in there.
Ian and I had to give our fingerprints as part of the process. I was thinking old school black ink and pressing onto paper, but it is much more high-tech than that! Thankfully, the girls were able to stay in school as kids under 12 do not need to give their fingerprints or sign. The security guys were quite nice to Seamus, who was dragged to London yet again. He loves the train, escalators and sitting on the top deck of London buses spotting numbers. He has been a super star. We are definitely building up his walking stamina in the process.
Fingers crossed all our applications go through smoothly. For the £2K+ for all of them, Ian really hopes so too!
Check out Seamus’ blog entry to see cute photos in his Russian hat.