And Here We Go

One year to the day after Brian started this job, we’ll make another run to London to pick up our passports with their shiny new visas. If you’re keeping track, this is my fifth Brazilian visa, and the third one in this passport alone.

Holy cow do I know the ins and outs of dealing with Brazilian consulates by now.

Brazilian Documents

Rule number one: Have every possible piece of documentation from your life ready to go, already legalized by their respective Brazilian consulates, notarized letters explaining anything at all that might be relevant, a smile on your face and a willingness to talk your way past every employee who gives you an initial “no” on any issue at all.

There was a small mix-up with our appointment, and when we showed up yesterday we were almost denied entry. Can I just tell you that the woman who works in reception at the door to the London consulate is a bit of a Rottweiler? Four times I’ve been to that place, and every time she has some kind of attitude to give me about something she believes is not right. Taking too long to get your appointment confirmation paper out of your folder? You are holding up the line for these people behind you! Show up early for your appointment? You should have gone to the back of the line to let these other people in first! Appointment not showing up in the system? You are an idiot who is trying to pull a fast one on her and she’ll have none of it! Get out!

(I’m sure she has a very difficult job, and I’m sure that sometimes they actually need a guard dog at the door, but wow.)

Luckily, there are some very nice people who work there too, and if you can talk to one of them they will do all they can to get you in and help you. Phew!

We were treated really well once we got upstairs. The clerk who took our documents was cheerful, helpful, and totally pleased that we had every document she asked for, duly legalized, our postal money orders for the fees, our photos properly sized and even extra documents for “just in case”.

With a happy flick of her wrist, she gave us our receipt so we can go back on Tuesday next week to pick up the visas.

And the next day at o-dark-thirty we’ll board another plane and fly off to start our lives in a new country.

Again.

Here we go!

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About akil3655

A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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2 Responses to And Here We Go

  1. joao September 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    am Brazilian living between Brazil and Portugal. I knew your blog by chance. I think the Brazilian bureaucracy also a drug that good god okay, but I know of a country that has much worse with the bureaucracy is Russia. back on topic, I believe from 2015 that attempts to improve the Brazilian bureaucracy, which for 90 years was discustir in Brazil, because this current government in power 10 years should probably fall in 2014, had enough time for your government to reduce bureaucracy, but never had the political will to do it or disinterest. One thing is certain, all candidates who will contest the election in 2014 of the right, left and center are all unamine bureaucracy disrupt the lives of citizens and the country’s growth, I believe that the bureaucracy decrease from 2015 will not be alone in political speech will be made ​​by law.
    Add to my above statement, the election poll in Brazil did not win the election, because everything that is bought is the highest bid, only when it is on the eve of election day research institutes statistically corretar talk to the real public, but the current government dilma of the PT fell. from there forward is the new Brazil.

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      September 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

      Thanks for your input, Joao. I hope you’re right that the bureaucracy will be more streamlined in the future, and that things will improve!