As you know from our to-do-in-2015 list, Kevin and I are planning to embark on an adventure in Europe. Our preliminary plan is mid-April – Amsterdam, Bruges, and Paris.
Chapter 1 of the travel prep has a working title: “How to Make the Passport Renewal Process as Complicated as Possible.”
Before I can travel abroad, I need a new passport as my current one:
a) claims me under my maiden name.
b) is full of stamps.
c) has a horrid picture.
Speaking of horrid passport pictures, I was in Walgreens a few weeks ago and decided it was as good a time as any to get a passport picture. It wasn’t until I had purchased said picture that I realized the lighting in Walgreens did nothing to enhance the beautifulness that is me with a greasy ponytail and no makeup. So to the question am I more frugal or vain…let’s just say vanity won that battle and I bought another picture at a later – better hair and skin camouflaged – date.
Fresh, decent passport picture in hand, I completed the passport renewal/name change application and bribed Kevin to duck into the County Clerk’s office on his lunch break to obtain a certified copy of the marriage license. Packet complete, I went to the post office and within 10 minutes had it sealed, stamped, and sorted for delivery. Leaving the post office I thought to myself, rather smugly, “That wasn’t so painful.”
As I unlocked the door to my office at work thirty minutes later, it struck me like a lightening bolt – the Department of State likes to get PAID for their time and trouble. The reason the renewal felt painless was because I hadn’t written a check for $110 to send with the application. Back to the post office with me. The lovely postpeople were very accommodating and produced my packet from the outgoing bin after I presented my receipt.
All’s well that ends with a passport.
Have you traveled to Paris, Bruges, and/or Amsterdam? Do share any must-see-and-do tips!
I’m linking up with my pal, Miriam, who knows about international travel – she’s from Germany and lives in Canada!