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December 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Student Visa Shipped!

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According to the tracking number I have for my express mail envelop , my passport and visa are on their way home and should arrive Saturday or Monday!

What a relief! I’ll be ecstatic once I have it in my possession. Crying will probably occur.

I was planning on going to Washington on Monday, and Tuesday and Wednesday if need be. If it had come to it, I was going to practically beg for my visa. And if I didn’t have it by Tuesday, I was going to retrieve my passport sans visa on Wednesday so I could do the January ISA Spanish course that I already paid for without continuing on to Valencia for the spring semester.

I can’t believe it’s shipped and on its way! When I called Tuesday to check the status, I was told it wouldn’t be issued until next week, or the week after, when I’m to be in Spain. This is the best late Christmas present ever!

I’ll post a photo of it with my new lens once I have it in my hands.

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December 27, 2008 at 2:34 am

Visa Approved, Yet to be Issued

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After several attempts of reaching the consulate by phone yesterday and concluding that the phone system was down, I emailed the Consulate office this morning. I called after sending the email and the phone system was up. The point of calling was to check the status of the application. The woman on the other end was nice, but she refused to give me any information until a week before departure, December 29. She also reiterated from previous calls (made before I applied for the visa) that I applied with only about four weeks until departure. 

About an hour later I got a response from my email. It confirmed that the phones were down. But the exciting part was that they went ahead and told me that the application was “approved,” but not yet issued and to call or email back next week.

With Christmas and New Year’s Day on Thursdays this year, in addition to the usual Thanksgiving Thursday, I have come to dread holidays. I feel like this whole process needs as many days as possible and every second is valuable, so having a whole day of nothing being processed and dealt with seems possibly detrimental.

At least the application has been approved. My hope and outlook did a complete one-eighty this morning after getting the email.

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December 19, 2008 at 12:06 am

Plane Tickets Purchased

leave a comment » finally came back alive this morning, after being offline since early Wednesday morning. I would recommend StudentUniverse if you’re a student and need plane tickets. They had the cheapest I could find. Since no flights were available (at least this morning) for Tuesday, January 6 from Washington to Madrid, I went with a flight taking off on Monday. All flights are on Iberia, the national airline of Spain.

My itinerary:

  • Washington DC to Chicago, leaving at 3pm
  • Chicago to Madrid, overnight
  • Madrid to Granada around noon, Central European Time

Don’t ask me why the flight goes from Washington to Chicago, then to Madrid. Why doesn’t the flight go from Chicago to Washington to Madrid? 

Since I’ll be arriving a day earlier than expected, I reserved a room at Hotel Carlos V in central Granada for Tuesday night.

The only thing I need now is my passport with my student visa. I dreamt last night that I was holding it in my hands. That dream needs to come true!

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December 4, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Visado de Estudiante, Por Favor

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Within the next 5 weeks, if all goes as planned, I should have my passport returned with a student visa included.

So, now for some honest, lengthy backstory. Warning: Contains a good amount of venting…

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December 4, 2008 at 12:40 am