23 May, 2007

Passport renewal??

I went to Valencia to the US consulate to renew my passport which expires in July. I, as usual, had no idea where the place was (other than an address). I was told that it was near the Corte Ingles which is a gross-awful-huge department store full of shit nobody needs but feels compelled to buy. I guess I shouldn't be too hard on consumers who enter the monstrosity, since I have been know to enter the one in Castellon a time or two because in the lowest level they have a very large supermarket where I can get natural/organic products that I can't find anywhere else; so I apologize to all the people who shop there to buy items of necessity.
I got to Valencia, walked up from the metro and was in the middle of this huge city. Since anyone with sight couldn't help but see the store, I found it right away and walked to it; but quickly realized that the store was a complete city block therefore the consulate office which was 2 blocks (roughly) from it could be in any direction! I stood there and decided to let my ever growing/developing intuition guide me this way and that. I was looking for a big american flag which waves outside Embassy's. I ended up at this cafe and stood deciding which way to go next. I then sat down to contemplate the situation and while doing so, looked up and saw a street sign posted on a building; not only was this the exact street I was looking for, but I was also sitting in front of the building that houses the consulate office. So all be damned if I hadn't walked directly where I needed to go. For whatever the reason (and I can think of many) I saw no flag flying proudly...come to think of it maybe they only do that in the movies, I know that's how Jason Bourne always found the US embassy when he needed it...

I paid the renewal fee and dropped of my passport and application, so now I wait to receive my new passport in the mail which will allow me to travel where I need to go...provided they indeed renew it and give it back...well, because I may have just overextended my tourist visa just a little...maybe...

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