Going in circles

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
Trip End Sep 10, 2011

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Where I stayed
Pink House (600r) and then Sharon Inn (3800r)

Flag of Sri Lanka  , Central,
Monday, January 17, 2011

Sri Lanka is not the same since Simon left, so we are forgoing another loop of another little hill top tea plantation town and going to India early.

We have come back to Kandy to collect our visas from the the visa application centre. We put our applications in last time we were in Kandy about ten days ago, and had to wait five working days, then drop our passports off in the morning, and pick them up in the evening, hopefully with the visas. We had a pleasant day going for walks and hanging out at our swanky guesthouse, with views over the lake, but this afternoon when we returned to the visa application centre they told me that I was required for an interview at the Assistant High Commission for India (who actually approve the visas), and that James' visa was there also. Turned up there, and kept waiting by a particularly unpleasant receptionist and then patronised by a particularly unpleasant official there (my new passport was missing my signature). And the upshot is that I have my passport and visa but we need to go back to the Visa application centre again tomorrow for James'. They talked almost complete rubbish, and were incompetent, bureaucratic, officious paper pushers. And were rude to boot. Grrrrrr.

The plan is to pick up the passport and visa tomorrow, and head to Kolkata Tuesday night.
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Phillip on

Can't wait to see India. I'm jealous

Michael on

Economics and immigration....

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